Event Dates: 6/23/19 – 6/25/19 | Location: Washington, DC
About the Conference: To change culture to value STEM, we must get our policy makers in our nation's capitol on board with knowing about and supporting FIRST and STEM in education. If we are not there telling them about our experiences, no one else is! This is a conference consisting of training to prepare students and mentors for meetings with their Senators and Members of Congress in their offices on Capitol Hill. We will train you in the Do's and Don'ts of these meetings and give you time to practice and organize talking points so you are ready for the meeting. We will also help you navigate around Capitol Hill and be available to help if you need it. If this is your first year in D.C. or first time meeting with your Senators or Members of Congress, we will focus on relationship building.
If you've already formed a meaningful relationships, you will be focusing on advocating for FIRST and STEM initiatives. You will have the chance to ask your school if there are any local issues they would like you to bring forward as well. Students will gain a tremendous amount of self-confidence as they learn, prepare, and lead meetings with Senators and Members of Congress. Students and Mentors alike are typically enlightened with how their government works which can lead to taking a stronger interest in advocacy in the future.
“I attended NAC to see how a student like myself could actually change and impact legislation and shift the focus of the US Government toward STEM. I learned so much from the training and was so prepared when I met with our elected legislators, that is was really empowering to realize, me, as a student could really make a difference. I gained confidence and a belief in my own abilities while positively impacting every student in America.”
Nate Bandt – FRC 1816 – The Green Machine
“I went to the NAC to learn about the inner workings of our government and to advocate for STEM education and FIRST. My favorite part of the experience was learning to communicate professionally and effectively with my Senators and Representatives, knowing that my requests are being taken seriously. The NAC has allowed me to see the fast paced lifestyle of the people who work in our nation’s capital, and as a student, it also improved my confidence as a presenter knowing that I can present to my nation’s leaders and be seen as an equal.”
- Frank Ferrari – FRC 1718 – The Fighting Pi
"The National Advocacy Conference has been a life changing event that has truly helped to shape me as a presenter and a public speaker. Although I am a member of the Pi-oneer's presentation team, I get severe anxiety before speaking publicly, whether that be in a class at school or a formal presentation. NAC was a stepping stone in helping me become more comfortable as a presenter and as a speaker in general. I am now more confident when presenting and I have found ways to work past my presentation anxiety thanks to the opportunity that NAC has provided me."
- Hannah Epstein – FRC 1676 – Pascack Pi-oneers
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