Family Empowerment Day

WHEN: March 10, 2020

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. 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.

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.

New Name, New Venue. 

Located just around the corner from the State Capitol, the Albany Capital Center is a new facility that gives our attendees many advantages so they can make the most out of this day of action. In addition to a modern space with screens and audio equipment, the facility offers an accessible bus drop-off lane directly outside the event space and a parking garage with 100 dedicated spaces for those commuting with personal vehicles. For legislative visits to the Capitol and the Legislative Office Building, the facility is only a short walk outside but also offers an indoor walkway that connects to the concourse. Click Here for a parking guide that has more-detailed instructions on how to access the Capitol building.

Parking and Instructions to the Capitol.

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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