Family Empowerment Day

 

WHEN: February 12, 2019
WHERE: Albany Capital Center
55 Eagle Street, Albany, NY 12207

As a family member or young person, have you wondered:

  • Why is it important to engage politically?
  • Does my story matter?
  • Can I make a difference?
  • How can I influence policy makers?
  • How can I become empowered?
  • How can I empower others?

If so, join us in Albany for Family Empowerment Day and make your voice heard!

  • Network with other families and young people with lived experience.
  • Hear powerful speakers and awardees.
  • Engage with legislators and government officials.
  • Learn about important policy issues and get involved!
  • Discover how you can make a difference in your community!
Last year, hundreds of families, youth and advocates from across the state gathered together in Albany to deliver a crucial message to our state leaders: put children first in this budget. Together, we prevented cuts to child welfare preventive services and prevented further delay of the children’s behavioral health Medicaid expansion. This year, we return to Albany to remind our elected officials that budgets are a moral document and children are our future. Together, we will demand that the state budget reflects that. Put children first. No Cuts. No Delays. Children’s Services today.

About Family Empowerment Day

Each year, Families Together in New York State, a non-profit, family-run organization that strives to establish a unified voice for children and youth with social, emotional, behavioral and cross-systems challenges, hosts a Family Empowerment Day (formerly Legislative Awareness Day) in Albany. Family members visit legislators to voice their concerns and share their stories, and legislators join families for the luncheon, awards and speakers during the afternoon. The annual event offers a forum to continue the ongoing and vital discussions regarding children’s behavioral health and the need to support families and young people. The goal of the day is to bring family members and advocates from across New York State together to meet with legislators and state leaders and have their voices, concerns and needs heard.

2017 Legislative Awareness Day - Support Material Archive

Our work isn’t done! Families Together in New York State has prepared a number of materials that participants may use for honing their advocacy skills, maximizing the impact of their visits, and spreading the word about our policy priorities to other families so that their voices can also be heard.

Fact Sheets and Talking Points
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