Traditionally, Members of Congress return to their districts and states for at least a portion of the month of August to work in their communities, often hosting events and meetings to connect with their constituents and keep eyes and ears on the issues that are most impacting them. With so much activity happening in their home states and districts during the August recess, this is a prime opportunity to gain the attention of Members of Congress and express the impact that robust federal investments in CTE would have on American students and workers – especially as they adapt to a rapidly-changing economy, and millions of jobs in in-demand career fields remain unfilled.
This August, you can help secure the future of CTE!
ACTE is launching a month-long advocacy effort to support robust federal investments in CTE. The advocacy tasks and resources below will provide step-by-step directions and examples that will help you reach out to policymakers at the federal level, as well as your communities and the media. With your help, we can ensure the strength and future of CTE!
Each week this month we will share a specific advocacy task created by ACTE’s Public Policy Department to help you spread effective and positive information about CTE with your federal policymakers, communities and the media.
Each Monday in August, a new task will be released on this page and will be the focus for that week. If you miss one, feel free to complete them later though – your advocacy is valuable at any time! In addition to influencing CTE-related policy, the goal of this advocacy push is to also help you become more familiar with grassroots advocacy tips and techniques.
- Week One (8/2): Connect with Policymakers through ACTE’s Action Center
- Week Two (8/9): Post on Social Media
- Week Three (8/16): Write an Op-Ed or Letters to the Editor
- Week Four (8/23): Attend or Host an Event with your Policymaker
If you have any questions, thoughts or concerns, or if you would like assistance with advocacy tasks, please reach out to Jori Houck, ACTE’s Media Relations and Advocacy Associate, at email@example.com.