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Policy 101

Work through the policy 101 worksheet, and learn how to go from problem to campaign. This step-by-step guide helps you identify the problem and who is responsible, brainstorm solutions, narrow the solutions, and build a campaign or litigation.
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Work through the policy 101 worksheet, and learn how to go from problem to campaign. 
Work through the policy 101 worksheet, and learn how to go from problem to campaign. 

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  • Lobbying & Advocacy

    This resource from the Commons Social Change library provides concrete guidance on how to lobby. Other sections of note include: Arts & Creativity, Campaign Strategy, Coalition Building, Communications & Media, Digital Campaigning

  • Community Tool Box

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  • Recruitment for New Hubs

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  • Youth Activist Toolkit

    This resource from Advocates for Youth provides a clear step by step overview of how to advocate to the U.S. Congress by meeting with an elected official (specifically, your representative). Includes guidance for scheduling lobbying meetings, a sample media release about meeting with a representative, social media tips, and talking points focused on a Green New Deal to support communities.

  • Green New Deal for Campus Campaign Guidebook

    This resource from the Campus Climate Network provides an overview of why a Campus GND is important and how to advocate for one, including what messaging to use and how to understand relevant power dynamics. See “Campus Campaigning: Tips & Tricks” section for more skill specific information.

  • CJA Advocacy Toolkit

    This resource from Climate Justice Alliance provides a clear step by step overview of how to advocate to the U.S. Congress by meeting with an elected official (specifically, your representative). Includes guidance for scheduling lobbying meetings, a sample media release about meeting with a representative, social media tips, and talking points focused on a Green New Deal to support communities.

  • Climate Change Advocacy Toolkit

    This resource from CARE has a series of toolkits focused on different components of climate change advocacy, including toolkits on how to frame the debate, influence decision markers, and engage the public. While focused on climate change, this resource can help equip and empower youth to advocate on myriad issues. Toolkits also include useful case studies, including around policy implementation and finance, and helps youth understand what questions to ask at various stages of advocacy.

  • UN Youth Rights Advocacy Toolkit

    This resource from the United Nations Human Rights Office provides an overview of the core human rights that youth are entitled to (including education, decent work, health, adequate housing, and a clean, healthy and sustainable environment) and suggests advocacy strategies designed to enhance their recognition and implementation in Section B. Subsections include mapping partner and allies, developing advocacy messages, top tips for youth rights advocacy, and advocating for young people in vulnerable situations. Section C, focuses on leveraging international human rights mechanisms and processes.

  • Organizing Guide: People, Power, Change

    This resource from the Leading Change Network, Marshall Ganz; New Organizing Institute, Peter Gibbs, Shea Sinnott provides an overview of what are identified as five key practices of organizing, including definitions for key terms, components of building an effective public narrative, and tips on organizing one’s constituency. Guide is fairly straightforward and brief, which makes it an easier read, and includes many diagrams to visualize best organizing practices.

  • EU Elections Youth Advocacy Toolkit

    This resource from WECF International provides advocacy materials and messaging/communications for key issues affecting youth, including a European Green Deal and LGBTQ+ rights, that can be translated to a non-European and non-electoral context. Background on “a toxic free and healthy future” may be particularly useful for advocacy around the right to a healthy environment for youth in the United States and related environmental policies. European electoral context may also help inspire new ideas for American youth about how politics and governance ought to work in their favor. However, a lot of information is very European Union and electorally specific, and may not apply.