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Become an Advocate

Change begins with you. Join hundreds of others who are passionate about transforming the child welfare system and ending youth homelessness through advocacy. Every winter, we host a Youth Advocacy Day down in Olympia. Hundreds of young people, foster families, and allies converge on the Capitol to meet with policymakers and educate them on issues impacting youth experiencing foster care or homelessness. 

If you can’t make Youth Advocacy Day, there are a number of opportunities to get involved by calling or emailing your representatives. By signing up for our Advocacy Alerts, you can stay updated on when your efforts are needed most!

In the meantime, check out our Advocacy Tips below for ideas on how to be an effective advocate. 

And if you are between the ages of 13-24, please check out our Youth Programs to become an advocate with one of our regional chapters!

Advocacy Tips

Learn how to become your own best advocate with this 3 episode Advocacy Academy.
Episode 1: Talking to a Legislator
Episode 2: Giving Legislative Testimony
Episode 3: Calling a Legislator

Mockingbird's Annual Advocacy Cycle

For years, Mockingbird has been developing leaders, organizing advocacy campaigns, and changing both policies and practices impacting those who have experienced foster care and homelessness. During this time, we have developed an annual advocacy cycle that drives the process through statewide youth engagement.