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    Please distribute widely ... thank you! ________________________________________________________________________
    Message 1 of 1 , Oct 1, 2007
      Please distribute widely ... thank you!
      Continuing the Special Issues Series on Poverty and Homelessness
      The King County Non-Profit Staff Development Coalition (NPSDC), www.learningconnections.org
      presents ...
      Wednesday, October 31, 2007
      9:00 am - 4:00 pm
      Safeco South Jackson St. Center, 306 23rd Ave. Suite 200, Seattle WA 98144
      To register online and for workshop details, please click on the following link:

      This workshop will provide social service providers with tools and skills to advocate with their clients to create long-term solutions to poverty and homelessness.

      Many social service providers struggle to help those they serve meet their needs in a system that never seems to have adequate resources. And for every person helped into safe housing, an education or training program, addiction treatment, etc., there are someone waiting in line, still needing help. Both users and providers of services may feel helpless in the face of overwhelming, systemic problems with complex solutions.

      Participating in advocacy can empower both service providers and low-income individuals, and helps build skills and increase self-efficacy, as well as strengthen the client-provider relationship. Many social service providers want to incorporate systems advocacy into their work with clients, but are unclear how to do that in a sustainable and within the nonprofit structure.

      By the end of this interactive workshop, participants will feel more prepared, motivated and confident to effect social change, by utilizing the knowledge and practical lessons learned in this workshop, including:


      • How advocacy for systems change can benefit both service providers and users of services
      • How to conduct voter registration and education efforts with low-income and homeless individuals
      • How to work with homeless and low-income individuals to identify systemic barriers and develop and advocate for solutions
      • Ways to incorporate advocacy into your work in a way that is sustainable both for busy staff and low-income people who are struggling to meet daily needs
      • Legal and ethical limitations on advocacy within a nonprofit setting
      • Resources for connecting with a larger advocacy group addressing the issues that impact those you serve



      You and your colleagues/staff may be interested to attend.   All you need to do is to register online as soon as possible as space is limited.

      Feel free to send this web link to your colleagues or staff particularly those whom you know would benefit from attending this training.
      If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me.
      Thanks for your help!

      Anna McCain,  Project Manager 
      Non-Profit Staff Development Coalition Project (NPSDC)
      Center for Learning Connections
      Highline Community College Outreach Center
      P.O.Box 98000, M/S 99-285
      Des Moines WA 98198-9800
      Tel: (206) 870 -5908 
      Fax: (206) 870-5915
      E-mail: amccain@...

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