Learn to be a more effective advocate for yourself or others through Partners in Policymaking

Learn to be a more effective advocate for yourself or others through Partners in Policymaking  The Minnesota Governor’s Council on […]

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Learn to be a more effective advocate for yourself or others through Partners in Policymaking 

The Minnesota Governor’s Council on Developmental Disabilities is now accepting applications for the Partners in Policymaking Class 41 advocacy and leadership training program. Deadline is July 14, so don’t delay. 

Partners in Policymaking is a leadership training program for parents of young children with disabilities and adults with disabilities. Created by the Minnesota Governor’s Council on Developmental Disabilities 35 years ago, the Partners program has been offered nationally and internationally.  

Through informative and interactive sessions, Partners teaches leadership skills and the process of developing positive partnerships with elected officials and other policymakers who make decisions about the services that Minnesotans with disabilities use. Partners is accessible, informative, and empowering. 

Since 1987, more than 1,100 self-advocates and parents have graduated in Minnesota and more than 29,000 people worldwide. Many well-known Minnesota disability rights advocates are graduates of the program. 

To participate, the Partners program requires:  

  • A commitment to attend all eight sessions and to do required homework. 
  • An interest in learning and practicing new skills in a comfortable and safe environment.  
  • A desire to build and strengthen a network of people from diverse cultural backgrounds and life experiences. 
  • A willingness to learn from national and state experts who share our vision and values. 

Classes are held in Bloomington. Many expenses are covered. Class size is limited to 35 people. 

For a list of frequently asked questions, list of session dates and locations, as well as apply online, visit the Class 41 website at https://mn.gov/mnddc/partnersinpolicymaking/class41/index.html   

To request a hard copy application, email Brenton Rice at [email protected] or call 651-242-6589. 

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