Advocacy Toolkit

NAPE wants to ensure that its members are well informed about the issues that matter the most to them and are armed with the appropriate resources and tools needed to take action on these critical issues. To address this need, NAPE has developed a comprehensive advocacy toolbox, which can be downloaded and contains several templates, samples, and guidelines for engaging in grassroots activity. Making connections and discussing issues with members of Congress is an effective way to influence outcomes, and now NAPE members have the opportunity to do so with a strong voice and the right tools!

Steps to Grassroots Action

Get information on the primary principals of advocacy and methods for working with Congress.

Grassroots 101 DOs and DONTs

This webpage contains great tips on how to handle yourself in your meeting and guidelines for contact.

Congressional Invitation

This document provides an effective format for inviting your senator or representative to an event.

Congressional Meeting Request

This document provides an effective format for requesting a meeting with your senator’s or representative’s staff.

Thank You Letter

This document provides examples of thank you letters to send after meeting with a member of Congress or his or her staff member.

Contact Information

To find your senators’ and representative’s contact information, you can search online at www.senate.gov or www.house.gov, respectively, or call the U.S. Capitol Switchboard at (202) 224-3121. Remember that communications are usually handled by a staff member, not the member of Congress. Ask to speak with the aide who handles the issue about which you wish to comment.

Contact information for representatives from the Administration can be found at

Office of Career, Technical and Adult Education, U.S. Department of Education
Women’s Bureau, U.S. Department of Labor
U.S. Department of Labor – Leadership Contacts
Senate HELP Committee or House Education Workforce Committee Staff

Other Resources

U.S. Congress Votes Database from the Washington Post
Congress.gov: Legislative information from the Library of Congress
Women’s Policy Inc.: Congressional Schedule and Weekly Highlights