Student Advocacy Track
The Student Advocacy Track is focused on increasing institutional knowledge and awareness of the political system in Arizona and the United States, while understanding the rich history of statewide student associations and their role in building and amplifying student power. Additionally, this track will involve and expand upon different forms of advocacy, including legislative advocacy and lobbying.
History of Statewide Student Associations- Basic: Statewide Student Associations have been at the forefront of change since the 1970’s. Learn the history of the nations SSA’s
History of the Student Fee- Basic: Student-fee autonomy has been the one tool students have to provide a checks and balance on their university and legislatures. See what the courts have to say and why the student fee needs to always be protected.
Voter Registration- Basic: As only votes and money influence our legislators, and students don’t have a lot of money, Voter Registration is the number one way for students to build lasting student power.
Lobbying 101- Basic: Learn simple tools to turn you into an effective advocate and lobbyist.
Lobbying 201- Advanced: Learn how to plan lobby visits and be prepared with research, talking points, leave behinds, and opposition messaging.
Arizona Political Climate- Basic: Get a rundown on the makeup of the Arizona Legislature and Executive branch and a non-partisan view on voting records and political climate.
US Political Climate- Basic: Get a rundown on the makeup of the US Government and a non-partisan view on the overall climate for higher education.
Student Debt Overview- Basic: Student debt is quickly becoming the biggest issue for college graduates. Learn how bad the problem has become, and what you can do to fight back.
ASA Overview- Basic: The Arizona Students’ Association has been fighting for students since 1974. Learn the rich history of YOUR student association here.
The organizing track is meant to give you the tools to build and lead and effective organization. From understanding how to create campaigns from scratch, to building power and using that power, organizing will help you and your organization accomplish tasks and win real victories that you never thought were possible.
Direct Action Organizing- Basic: What is organizing? Learn the 4 methods of Direct Action Organizing, how to implement change, and prepare for opposition.
Basic Campaign Planning- How to Identify and Research Worthwhile Campaigns- Basic: A focus on the research necessary to choose winning issues and plan effective campaigns.
Backwards Planning- Basic: A key tool to successful organizing. Backwards planning will make all of your campaigns stronger.
Coalition Building- Basic: Sometimes we just can’t do it alone. Learn how to build strong, effective coalitions to increase your power.
Campaign Strategy and Power- Advanced: Learn to tackle an issue and strategically map out your path to victory.
Basic Field Skills- Basic: Learn to get out there and effectively talk to students, get signatures, spread a message, call students, or make a class announcement!
Media and Messaging- Basic: The basics of messaging, visibility, and getting media coverage for your organization.
Issue Choosing: Turning a problem into an issue- Basic: Learn issue choosing criteria that will allow you to pick the very best issues that create sustainable change.
Recruitment and Organizational Building- Basic or Advanced: If your organization is not growing, it is dying! As we all continue to graduate, we need to be constantly recruiting new students to our organization. Learn best practices for recruitment.
Event Planning- Basic: A basic event planning training with best practices for logistics, recruitment and outreach, media, budget, and program information.
Actions and Tactics- Basic: ID what direct action organizing will work best for your campaigns.
Advanced Campaign Tactics- Advanced: Develop modern and creative tactics to push your campaign forward.
Media Boot Camp- Advanced: A comprehensive training over the nuts and bolts that go into having a productive communications strategy.
Leadership Development Trainings
Leadership Development is focused on expanding your specific skills in moving an organization forward through understanding a variety of techniques used for not only your own personal development, but also of all those students you lead or advocate for.
Leadership Development- Basic and Advanced: How to ensure that your organization is creating the next generation of future leaders.
Public Speaking- Basic: Helpful tools and best practices that will help anyone to become a fearless public speaker.
Storytelling- Basic: The story of you and your organization can be your #1 recruitment tool. Learn the basics of an effective story.
Working with Volunteers- Basic: We put in so much time recruiting volunteers, lets make sure to retain them. Learn best practices of a volunteer friendly organization.
Managing and Motivating Volunteers- Advanced: How to create a structure that promotes leadership and growth amongst your team.
Dynamics of the Leader/Follow Relationship- Basic: Learn that leadership isn’t always a step up, but a step in a different direction! Learn effective tools to use whether you’re the leader or just participating.
Visioning- Basic: Visioning moves organizations forward. Participate in a visioning exercise that gets you looking forward.
Training for Trainers- Basic: Learning to train effectively involves a variety of communication and organizational skills. Learn best practices for teaching skills.
Mission, Vision, and Values- Basic: Learn the differences and how to best identify and communicate the core values and purpose of your organization.
Professionalism and Networking- Basic: Networking is the #1 that college graduates get jobs. Learn effective skills to increase your job prospects and marketability.
Time and Stress Management- Basic: Everyone can overwork themselves if they aren’t juggling their time carefully. Learn about self-care and prioritization, while learning useful tools for managing your time wisely.
Meeting Facilitation- Basic: Learn to be extremely effective i your meetings with others, and develop strong facilitation skills.
How to have 1:1 Conversations- Basic: The #1 tool of an organizer. How to have effective 1:1’s that build relationships and move people forward.
How to get a YES! Focus on Direct Asks- Basic: The core of a 1:1. Having a solid ask will get you more favorable responses. Learn to create a strong ask.
How to have an Accountability Conversation- Advanced: Do you have students who need to be reinvested or held accountable? Learn best practices for those accountability 1:1’s that we all need to have.
Parliamentary Procedure- Basic: Practice makes perfect! Learn the ins and outs of Parly Pro.
Careers in Organizing and Advocacy- Basic: What can I do with all of these organizing skills I’ve learned? Lots! Learn of the variety of organizing, advocacy, communications, and leadership jobs in a variety of fields.
ASA’s 35th Annual Lobby Day
Do you want to go down to the Arizona Capitol to Lobby for the issues that matter to students? Then you’re in luck. ASA’s annual Lobby Con 2012 is set for February 3-5 at ASU Downtown in the Cronkite building Friday and A.E. England Building Saturday and Sunday! Click here to register now!
Lobby Con 2012 is an exclusive event where student leaders get the skills they need to advocate for issues that matter to them. Lobby Con is also a chance for students to get briefings from political insiders and network with their peers. Special guests this year include Secretary of State Ken Bennett and Elva Coor of the O’Connor House. Registration is just $20, which covers two breakfasts, two lunches and one dinner.
After the conference, ASA will host its 35th annual Lobby Day at the Arizona Capitol on February 6, 2012! Student leaders from around the state will gather for a day at the Capitol to lobby their elected leaders on the issues that matter to them.
Don’t miss out on this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity and register now!
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