Join families and young people across New York State for a week of advocacy about topics and issues that are important to you! FTNYS will be hosting training sessions and town halls where families and youth will be able to speak directly with important legislators and change-makers in New York State government. These events will take place throughout the week. Sign up to attend or even participate as a speaker and ambassador in these town halls. Let your voice be heard about the issues that matter most to families and youth!

Click here to download the toolkit for Family Empowerment Week

Click here to view the weeks program with up-to-date information on speakers and town halls throughout the event.

Monday, March 1st,  2021
11:00am – 12:30pm

Family Empowerment Day

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This will be the general session where we will meet with our members, discuss our policy priorities, recognize prestigious awardees, and host a workshop for how to effectively participate in the town halls.

  • Network with other families and young people with lived experience.
  • Hear powerful speakers and awardees.
  • Learn how to affectively engage with legislators and government officials.
  • Learn about important policy issues and get involved!
  • Discover how you can make a difference in your community!

Town Halls

All town halls will take place from Tuesday March, 2nd to Friday, March 5th.  

Developmental Disabilities Townhall 

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Tuesday, March 2nd, 10am-10:45. 
Abiba Kindo, OPWDD Deputy Commissioner, Division of Service Delivery Regional Offices
Senate and Assembly Committee Chairs (pending)

Child Welfare Townhall 

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Wednesday, March 3rd, 3pm-3:45pm. 
Sheila Poole, Commissioner, Office of Children and Family Services
Andrew Hevesi, Assembly Children and Families Chair
Jabari Brisport, Senate Children and Families Chair
Roxanne Persaud, Senate Social Services Chair

Youth Justice Townhall

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Thursday, March 4th, 9:30am-10:15am.
Sheila Poole, Commissioner, Office of Children and Family Services
Jamaal T. Bailey, Senate Codes Chair 

Mental Health and Addiction Townhall

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Thursday, March 4th, 2:45pm- 3:30pm
Dr. Ann Sullivan, Commissioner, Office of Mental Health
Aileen Gunther, Assembly Mental Health Chair
Peter Harckham, Senate Chairman of Committee on Alcoholism and Substance

Education Justice Townhall 

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Friday, March 5th, 11am-11:45am
Dr. Betty Rosa, Interim Commissioner, State Education Department
Shelley B. Mayer, Senate Education Chair

You may register as a general audience member or an ambassador.
An ambassador is someone who will be participating in the town halls as someone who will be publicly asking questions and speaking with lawmakers and state agency commissioners. Please note: in order to be considered as an town hall ambassador, you MUST participate in the general session on Monday. Anyone can register to attend the town halls as an audience member.

Once you’ve registered, be sure to download our Policy Priorities ahead of Family Empowerment Week!

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