We are pleased to announce Innovation in Motion Presenter, Yolanda Johnson (Street Law) and Deep Dive Learning Presenter Mary Bissell (Childfocus) for In Solidarity We Rise: Healing, Opportunity and Justice for Girls, October 11-13, 2017.

Join us at In Solidarity and learn more about Street Law’s Legal Life Skills, with Yolanda Johnson and how to use the Power of Voice to Shape Law and Policy, with Mary Bissell.

Advancing Justice.

Yolanda Johnson is a Program Director with Street Law, Inc. – a global nonprofit organization in Silver Spring, Maryland that creates classroom and community programs to teach people about law, democracy, and human rights. Yolanda currently leads Street Law’s Legal Life Skills for Youth Program that brings civic education to vulnerable youth populations across the country. She trains corporate and community volunteers to teach Street Law’s civic education programs, and oversees the new Street Law for Police & Teens program.

Yolanda’s Innovation In Motion Workshop: Street Law’s Legal Life Skills: Civic Education for Girls, will discuss how Street Law advances justice by creating classroom and community programs to empower people with the legal and civic knowledge needed to bring about positive change. The presenters will discuss how Street Law’s Legal Life Skills Program provides an opportunity for girls to: understand how the law affects their daily lives, effectively engage in civic life, and use the law as a tool to advocate for themselves and their peers.

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Advocacy 101.

Mary Bissell is an attorney, child and family policy expert and founding partner of ChildFocus. She is also an Adjunct Professor at the Georgetown University Law Center where she teaches a class on advocacy for public interest lawyers. Mary was formerly a Fellow at the New America Foundation, a non-partisan public policy institute that brings new voices and ideas to America’s public discourse. She also served as a senior staff attorney and lobbyist at the Children’s Defense Fund (CDF) where she focused on poverty, child welfare, substance abuse, domestic violence, and mental health policy issues.

Mary’s Deep Dive Learning Workshop: Advocacy 101: Using the Power of Voice to Shape Law and Policy, will give participants the opportunity to learn and share the range of advocacy skills needed to influence policy change in support of girls and young women. Topics covered will include the basics on coalition-building, lobbying techniques, preparing testimony, building strong relationships with the media and engaging girls as leaders with learned experience in advocacy efforts. In addition, young women will reflect on their advocacy experiences to influence policy change.

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Registration is Open!

Join us for three days of Learning, Strategizing, Connecting and Creating through: Full-day Pre-Conference Intensives; Front Porch Conversations; A Call to Solidarity Strategy Sessions; Deep Dive Learning Opportunities; Innovation in Motion Sessions, and visit our, Un-Exhibit Hall and Self-Care Room.

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Rise In Solidarity Together.

Change Maker, Trail Blazer, Champion, Innovator, Advocate, Ally – which are you? Support the advancement of healing, opportunity and justice for girls and young women by sponsoring the In Solidarity conference.

If you are interested in sponsorship opportunities, contact Holly Weems-Ladd at Holly@NationalCrittenton.org or, 503.297.2217.

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