Garden State Leaders is a Leadership and Advocacy Training Program for NJ Residents with Lived Experience of Homelessness and Poverty
The Garden State Leaders Program is a free, six-month long leadership and advocacy training program for NJ residents with lived experience of homelessness and poverty.
- Past graduates of the program have spoken to their elected officials in Congress at the annual Congressional Reception in Washington D.C. in July.
- The fourth round of the program begins in January 2019 at Rutgers University-Camden.
- One session will be held at the NJ State House in Trenton, with the opportunity to meet with legislators and to gain a better understanding of the legislative process in our state.
- Throughout the program APN and its partners help participants learn to effectively tell their stories and further their advocacy goals.
- Each session focuses on a different topic such as effectively telling your story, working with the media, and more.
The goal of Garden State Leaders is to increase participants’ capacity to take on influential roles on issues pertinent to their lives and to connect them to leadership and advocacy opportunities throughout the state. This program is run in partnership with the NJ Coalition to End Homelessness.
Testimonials from Garden State Leaders:
- “Excellent program! Highly recommend to any advocate. Most helpful program I have ever been involved in. Knowledge is very empowering, and I feel blessed to share my experience to advocate and help others. Thank you all!”
- “This program changed me tremendously. Advocating and serving others has become my life’s purpose. I reached another chance for change and as fate would have it made the right choice. I know I can be a good advocate. It comes from somewhere deep inside us. Thank you.”
- “The Garden State Leaders Program has had such a positive influence in my life in so many ways. I have always felt that I had potential, I was just completely in doubt as to what I felt confident in applying it to. I knew I had an important personal story based on my life experiences that many people identified with and respected. However, I was not educated on how to present my story in a manner for which it could be utilized as a resource tool of effectiveness. The Garden State Leaders Program has broadened my horizons. I am grateful and honored to be an alumnus of the program. I have already started using the lessons and skilled trades learned in the program to engage with members of my local community.”
- “It was a wonderful experience. Thank you for providing this.”
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