New Advocate Orientation

All new RESULTS volunteers attend a one-hour orientation to introduce them to our organization, advocacy, and current campaigns. During the presentation, we will cover:

  • RESULTS Advocacy Model
  • Our Views & Values
  • Overview of Issues
  • Actions that Make a Difference
  • Volunteer Commitments
  • How to get involved!

Throughout the orientation, we will use our RESULTS Advocacy Action Plan to help new volunteers connect their values into action. This is a great tool to use as you get started with advocacy and RESULTS!

RESULTS Orientations

Sign-up here, and you will be sent an invitation to register for one of our upcoming orientations! Orientations are hosted twice a month. You can find upcoming orientation dates by visiting the RESULTS events calendar.

If you have already attended an orientation and want to review our presentation slides, you can download the RESULTS Orientation Slides here (PDF version here).

Questions about the RESULTS New Advocate Orientation Advocate Orientation? Reach out to us at [email protected].

One of the first steps toward becoming an effective activist is learning how to speak powerfully about the issues. To do so, we must be educated about what we are talking about!  RESULTS regularly provides informational tools for our advocates to learn about the issues on an ongoing basis throughout the year.  

Action Item: Read through the learning materials and take notes on the following:  

  1. What stands out the most about this issue 
  2. Why it matters to you 
  3. Think about personal stories you may have that relate to the issues 
  4. Any questions you have  

Learning Materials:

RESULTS created the “Laser Talk” which is an easy tool for our volunteers to create short and compelling talks that are less than 2 minutes long. These are the backbone of our advocacy work! We use Laser Talks when we meet with our members of Congress and their aides, when we call our editorial boards, and when we invite people to a RESULTS event.   

Every month, RESULTS produces a new Laser Talk that corresponds with the issues we are currently working on. We invite you to write your own Laser Talks about the issues too!  

Action Items:  

  1. Read our current Laser Talk messages and practice reading out loud in front of a mirror
  2. Read the New Advocate Basic on Powerful Speaking to learn about EPIC messaging
  3. Write your own EPIC message using our powerful speaking overview and EPIC worksheet 

RESULTS empowers our volunteers to share personal stories to convey images that facts and figures cannot. It is important for you to create a personal story, because it will make your advocacy even more effective. It does not have to be an epic statement or life-altering event that brings you to this work; you just have to speak from the heart!  

Action Items:  

  1. Write down the reasons you are working on anti-poverty issues 
  2. Use the powerful speaking workbook to brainstorm what experiences and values you can use to create a personal story  
  3. Write down your personal story and practice it in front of the mirror 

One of the first actions you can take as a RESULTS volunteer is communicating with your member of Congress through an email, letter or phone call.

This may be your first time reaching out to your members of Congressand thats okay! RESULTS provides all the necessary tools and support you need to effectively communicate your request. 

If you need to learn how to reach your member of Congress, you can find out the name and contact e-mail for your member of Congress on the RESULTS website by using the Legislator LookupHint: you can also find their DC office phone number here!  

Action Items:  

  1. Read the “Communicating with Congress” overview and make note of any questions you may have  
  2. Use the RESULTS Action Center to help guide you through sending an email to your member of Congress 
  3. Call your member of Congress and leave a message for your representative (Bonus points if you do it during business hours!) 

A key action to RESULTS advocacy is publishing letters to the editor in the local media. One of the best kept secrets from Capitol Hill is the enormous influence of media on congressional decisions — not just cable news or The New York Times — but the local papers in the communities that members of Congress represent.  

Action Items:  

  1. Read through other Letters to the Editor published by RESULTS volunteers  
  2. Write a draft LTE about one of our current campaigns
  3. Use the Action Center or visit your local newspaper’s website to submit a letter to the editor!

Organizing meetings with our members of Congress and their staff is a cornerstone of RESULTS advocacy. By reviewing these learning materials, you will familiarize yourself with the process to set up a meeting with your member of Congress, learn more about who represents you, and have all the tools to make a meeting happen 

Action Items: 

  1. Read through the learning materials so you understand the process for organizing a lobby meeting 
  2. Participate in an upcoming Congressional meeting with your RESULTS group
  3. If there are no meeting in progress or you aren’t part of a RESULTS group, schedule your own! RESULTS staff can help you prepare 

As a RESULTS advocate, you will be sharing about our work, the organization, and our mission quite often! Use these learning materials to help you speak powerfully about RESULTS and our mission.  

Action Items:  

  1. Practice “pitching” RESULTS using our Laser Talk 
  2. Write your own Laser Talk by adding personal details about why you chose to volunteer with RESULTS 
  3. Familiarize yourself with how to have a successful one-on-one meeting to talk about RESULTS and our advocacy


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