What is Advocacy?
Advocacy is an integral part of a non-profit organization. For instance, we advocate for the well-being of seniors and people with disabilities. "Advocacy is an activity by an individual or group which aims to influence decisions within the political, economic, and social systems and institutions"(Wikipedia). Advocacy is designed to change systems or policies at the local, national or international level. Organizations typically leverage advocacy to advance awareness for a cause, change outcomes, or to create a movement-a grassroots organization to rally local support.
What is the difference between lobbying and advocacy? Lobbying is always advocacy, but advocacy is not always lobbying. Refer to the link below for further distinction.
Other Resources and Links:
This is a great site that tells you about bills and how they are passed (it's kid friendly but it is an easy way to understand the process). It also discusses what is a law and amendment.
The link below will help you find your district and State Representative to contact him/her on issues or causes you feel passionate about.