Training Item

Advocacy Session IV: Training the Advocacy Team

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Resource Type:On-Demand/Downloadable
Training Level:Introductory

VSO leaders would also get training on how to train spokespeople and provide tools for message delivery to staff, board, volunteers and other members of the organization.

Learning Objectives:

Training the trainers of advocacy team.

  1. Demonstrate and practice advocacy.
  2. Provide a training outline for implementation.

Training the messenger (how to train and how to do) including:

o   Board

o   Staff

o   Victims

o   Interested Stakeholders

o   Partners

o   Standards of practice (control the message)

  • Practice/demonstrate/apply the message to scenarios.  (Taped Role Play)
  •    Messaging results/reporting/adjusting strategy. – Talking points/tools 

Homework:  Share final strategy.   Trainers  recommend the organizations post their strategy and any working documents to the portal to share with other VSO organizations.



Recommended Use

Co-Trainer: Jeannette Archer-Simons Contact information at or 717-635-8354 This training can be used with board, executive staff, key stakeholders, and volunteers. It is designed to be used as a working training tool to support the development and implementation of an advocacy strategy.

Is Fee?No
Content Areas:
  • Board Commitment
  • Board Involvement and Support
  • Volunteers
  • Management Development/Succession Planning
  • Board Development
  • Public Relations and Marketing
  • Monitoring of Landscape
  • Advocacy and Public Policy
  • New Program Development - Funding Model
Provided By:
Albert Davenport
Davenport Communications
phone: 202-374-3302
Albert Davenport is a human resources writer and consultant specializing in disability rights, work-life balance, and discrimination issues. He holds a Masters of Public Administration from the Pennsylvania State University and a Masters of Arts in Nonfiction Writing from Johns Hopkins University. He has consulted for several agencies of Pennsylvania state government including the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime & Delinquency, the Departments of Transportation, Public Welfare, and Labor and Industry. He has authored numerous articles for national employment law publications and is currently co-authoring a labor and employment law textbook entitled Labor and Employment Law for the 21st Century for Pearson Prentice-Hall— publication date January 2013.