Advocacy Training

The late Karabelle Pizzigati devoted her career to helping those actively engaged in social services better impact the public policies that shape the futures of our young people and their families. This Institute created in her honor aims to give people passionate about those futures the skills, confidence, and connections that can make for effective advocacy.

Most of the programs and funding that support low-income children and families - on everything from nutrition and health care to child welfare and early childhood education - originate at the federal level. The Institute concentrates on public policies at this level and how these policies connect to state and local efforts.  

What you will learn. At the Institute, nationally recognized policy advocates will help you:

  • navigate the federal policy-making and funding process and link that process to advocacy opportunities at the federal, state and local levels;
  • create and deliver effective messages for policymakers and the public;
  • connect to broader networks of advocates; and
  • enhance your capacity to work with allied groups on policy change agendas.

Who should apply.  The Institute welcomes applications from individuals working in social service agencies, health facilities, and early childhood programs, as well as from any human services groups working in the pursuit of social justice. We also welcome individuals who are actively engaged in policy advocacy as volunteers. The Institute strongly encourages applicants from diverse racial, ethnic, generational, gender, geographic and socioeconomic backgrounds.

When and where.  The Institute’s inaugural in-person training program will take place September 23-25, 2018. The training will be conducted near the University of Maryland, just outside Washington, D.C. One webinar will take place before the in-person program.  

Costs. Participants selected for the program will have a $100 nonrefundable fee when they register. The Institute will pay for all participant on-site lodging (shared room of two people) and meals and also provide a small travel stipend for participants traveling more than 80 miles to the site. Preference for acceptance will go to applicants who can commit to both nights of the in-person training.

To Apply:

Please complete the Institute Application and submit it to  If you have any questions, please email us at