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Advocacy Opportunities Next Week

Want to learn how to be an advocate for change in your community? Looking to share your thoughts on what early childhood education should look like in the Monadnock region?

Impact Monadnock invites you to attend these upcoming events:

September 18th, 5:30 – 8 PM @ Keene Family YMCA, 200 Summit Rd, Keene, NH

“Lead the Change! Be an Advocate.” Advocacy experts from New Futures Kids Count and NH Children’s Trust will lead hands-on training based on real world scenarios. Attendees will learn how to develop leadership and civic engagement skills. Guest speakers will include: NH Senators Jay Kahn & Ruth Ward, VT Senate Majority Leader & Keene Y member Becca Balint, & Jennifer Carroll of the Historical Society of Cheshire County. See the full event flyer here.

Advocacy Updates

advocacy (noun) – public support for or recommendation of a particular cause or policy

Impact Monadnock recognizes the importance of advocacy for our region’s youngest citizens and their families. That is why we’ve been working behind the scenes with some of New Hampshire’s strongest advocacy organizations to push for policies that will make a difference in the lives of children ages zero to 5. Here are some updates on our latest advocacy efforts:

  • In early January, Impact Monadnock’s Project Director, Dr. Marj Droppa, was selected to Co-Chair the Spark NH Policy Committee alongside Lara Quiroga of Project Launch. The committee meets monthly and coordinates the development and implementation of a comprehensive strategic plan for early childhood (birth through 3rd grade) in NH. The committee collaborates with state agency and policy leaders in NH to identify and support changes in policy for the state’s youngest citizens.

Advocates, Educators Participate in Mind in the Making Training Institute in Keene

Thirty-three early childhood advocates and educators participated in the first Mind in the Making Training Institute in New Hampshire. During this 3-day institute, which took place at the Alumni Center at Keene State College, the attendees learned about, and directly experienced, the Seven Essential Life Skills Modules, in preparation to become Community Facilitators, and eventually go on to teach these skills to others. The Seven Essential Life Skills are: Focus and Self Control, Perspective Taking, Communicating, Making Connections, Critical Thinking, Taking on Challenges, and Self-Directed, Engaged Learning.