Individuals Most Impacted by Poverty and Homelessness Must be at Forefront of Advocacy and Public Policy
Garden State Leaders is a six-month leadership and advocacy program for New Jersey residents with lived experience of poverty and homelessness. The program emphasizes using your own story to help change policy that you care about.
“For effective advocacy, the people most impacted must be at the forefront,” said Renee Koubiadis, Executive Director of the Anti-Poverty Network of New Jersey (APN.) APN is a Garden State Leaders partner and was also. “Their experience equips them with the knowledge of the solutions needed most to end poverty and homelessness. Many of our leaders have gone on to become Boards of Trustees members of New Jersey non-profits, to educate the public through media interviews, and have been effective advocates at the local, county, state, and national levels on real policy change that will make a difference in the lives of many.”
- Learn how to advocate and tell your own story to effect change on public policies that matter to you
- Work closely with other advocates and key non-profit leaders throughout the state.
- Interact with local and state government officials
- Learn how to navigate county government and the NJ State House
- Free to attend
“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 for allowing me the opportunity and the experience.”