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Thu, Feb 08



NAMI Smarts- Mental Health Advocacy Training

The Teen Action Team, Communities for Youth, and NAMI are partnering to provide an awesome training to prepare folks to become advocates for Mental Health in our Community. The training is open to all (14+). Register here:

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NAMI Smarts- Mental Health Advocacy Training
NAMI Smarts- Mental Health Advocacy Training

Time & Location

Feb 08, 2024, 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Boise, 1865 W Cesar Chavez Ln, Boise, ID 83725, USA

About the event

Register here for NAMI Smarts for Advocacy, February 8, 2024, 6 - 9 pm at the Albertson's Library at Boise State University

Want to make a positive change in mental health services? Become an advocate. Grassroots advocacy is simple – you don't have to know about policies or politics. It's about using your voice to influence policymakers and make a difference. Turn your passion and your lived experience into a positive voice for mental health (or any other important topic) with the NAMI Smarts for Advocacy grassroots advocacy training. NAMI Smarts for Advocacy will enhance your advocacy skills and help you shape a powerful and personal story that will move policymakers.

The NAMI Smarts Difference: NAMI Smarts for Advocacy engages you in hands-on learning to build and strengthen skills. Whether you are new to advocacy or have years of experience you will leave the training with messages, step-by-step tools, and the practice you need to feel informed, confident, and ready to make a difference.

Who Should Attend NAMI Smarts? Individuals, groups, or advocates who want to engage their policymakers, especially those who are attending Mental Health Advocacy Day on February 27, 2024 at the Idaho Statehouse in-person, or anytime from home.

This training will give you the strategies to build knowledge, confidence, and competence in writing and delivering short and compelling personal stories that have an “ask”.

Learn more by checking out NAMI Idaho's website

Details on the training:

This program is designed as a 3 hour workshop training covering the following main skills:

  • Telling a compelling story that is inspiring and makes an “ask” in 90 seconds
  • Writing an effective email, making an elevator speech and making an impactful phone call
  • Orchestrating a successful meeting with an elected official

The unique step-by-step, skill-building design of NAMI Smarts is effective with a wide range of participants, including those who are new to advocacy as well as individuals with years of experience.

Participants routinely share that they’ve never been able to condense their story or made a clear “ask," but with NAMI Smarts, they are now able to.

Lobbyists who represent NAMI State Organizations or mental health coalitions also love this program—they see participants come out confident and able to share their story in a way that moves policymakers.

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