In this first episode of the IFOPA Podcast Series, IFOPA Family Services staff Hope Newport and Karen Kirchhoff discuss what advocacy means, the different types of advocacy and 10 skills to becoming an effective advocate.
Supplemental Resources To Support This Podcast:
- See a summary of the 10 skills to becoming an effective advocate and answer questions to start improving your skills by downloading the Advocacy: You Can Make a Difference worksheet (pictured right). This PDF can be printed and filled in by hand or completed on your computer using Adobe, free software you can download by visiting Adobe Acrobat Reader.
- Find practices for improving your self-esteem and building a strong foundation for your future as an advocate.
- Craft your elevator speech using this template and be prepared when you reach out to others for support.
- Read more about The Advocacy Series.
For more information about the program or to share your experience as an advocate, please contact IFOPA Family Services Manager Hope Newport or Family Services Coordinator Karen Kirchhoff.