Ladies and Gentlemen! Get ready for the 3rd Annual Catholic Youth Advocacy Network Day in Sacramento on Tuesday, March 19th. Here is a Save the Date Flyer to distribute to your classmates and colleagues.
What is Catholic Youth Advocacy Network Day?
Catholic Youth Advocacy Network Day or CYAN is a one-day training and advocacy day in Sacramento where Catholic high school students train participants in how to work with your Legislators to “lobby” or advocate for permanent change for the less fortunate through pushing appropriate bills which help the marginalized in California.
If you wish to develop or hone your already spectacular leadership skills, want to travel to the beautiful capital of California, or have a little bit of high school age rebelliousness you want to channel into the forces of good – well this event is for you.
To register your school, please email Ms. Linda Wanner with the California Catholic Conference at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The cost is $10.00 and lunch, training, and connecting with amazing students from around the state is provided.
“I don’t know the slightest thing about Advocacy work, but I’m interested!”
Well, relax and peruse this site for old articles on How to Advocate. The links in the sidebar can help you look up your bills and legislators. Don’t forget to make appointments for after lunch 1:00-1:30 on the 19th.
San Francisco and San Jose Catholic Advocacy Students with Congresswoman Zoe Lofgren
Written by Archbishop MItty students Janani Rangarajan, Brianna Mims, and Laura Cervantes.
Always looking for the opportunity to make a difference, The Mitty Advocacy Project (MAP) held their first ever Youth Advocacy Leadership Conference on Saturday, February 2nd at Archbishop Mitty High School. Mitty students organized four informative seminars training teenagers on how they can fulfill their role as advocates in their community. Special guests included Congresswoman Zoe Lofgren who delivered an inspiring speech about her experiences in the U.S. Congress and answered questions from student participants. She was joined by her two senior aides ZJ Hull and Ali Ramezanzadeh who led a workshop session on Human Trafficking and how to effectively lobby public offices. There were also three other student organized sessions that covered how to resolve conflicts in negotiations, developing an Advocacy group on your campus, and the issue of Human Trafficking in our society. This is a great step towards increased youth involvement in our society.
Congresswoman Zoe Lofgren invigorates the Conference with an inspiring speech
To say that young people have a voice in changing society is an understatement. The Catholic Community has always believed in young people’s involvement in the public, but we had never anticipating this level of interest from young people across the state of California. Events like this one are very supportive of Catholic values because it is a step that young people are taking by themselves to ensure that they are heard in an organized and effective way. Their actions serve as a stepping stone for future change regarding issues pertinent to today’s teenagers and most of all to create permanent changes to improve the lives of the less fortunate.
Mitty students present on How to Create an Advocacy Program
After hearing the information presented, several of the attendees expressed interest in starting programs in their schools to follow the actions of Mitty Advocacy Project. We feel this is an important moment in history as we step forth working proactively with our government officials to ensure those struggling in our streets have someone working on their behalf and improving their quality of life.
MAP Officers present Congresswoman Lofgren with an autographed group picture.