Youth Legislative Advocacy 101

  • On-Demand Webinar
  • Recorded on Thursday, December 12, 2019
  • 1 hour training
  • FREE for YIPA members
  • 95% approval rating
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Learners' Own Words

"Good tips on communication with legislators."

"Such important information to support those who care about children to learn about ways they can support youth on a larger scale."

"This was a great advocacy training and a wonderful opportunity."

Your Training Description

Empower yourself as a youth work advocate! Many youth lack essential support due to underfunding and inadequate policies. This training, though specific to Minnesota, provides fundamental advocacy skills applicable anywhere. Learn how to influence legislation, navigate budget cycles, and effectively engage elected officials. Explore trauma-informed advocacy and gain the knowledge to champion life-changing interventions for youth. As youth workers, we can drive investment in youth work, reshape societal perceptions, and prevent young people from slipping through the cracks. Join us and be a catalyst for positive social change.

Your Learning Objectives

  • Build skills and confidence to advocate on issues that impact one’s life and community
  • Gain knowledge of political representation at the local, state, and federal levels
  • Understand how Minnesota’s legislative session is designed as a two-year cycle known as a biennium
  • Gain in-depth knowledge of the Minnesota legislative process regarding how an idea becomes a law

Your Trainer

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Juliana Keen is the Senior Director of Advocacy at Lutheran Social Service of MN.  She has worked at community-based nonprofit organizations and campaigns at the international, national, and state level. Juliana is a Qualified Administrator of the Intercultural Development Inventory and uses a racial equity lens in her work.  Juliana holds a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Oberlin College; a Master of Social Work and Master of Public Policy from the Humphrey Institute at the University of Minnesota.

Your Competency Focus Area


Each of YIPA’s trainings are designed around a broad framework of eight youth work competencies. The competency focus of this training is: THE FIELD OF YOUTH WORK.

Expand your professional acumen to understand the reach and importance of your role, serve as an effective advocate for youth, and pursue ongoing professional development.

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This training will count as 1 CE hour for most boards. Please contact your board directly with questions on submitting. You are encouraged to print or save this training information as a PDF for your records.