NAMI Smarts for Advocacy is designed as a series of three 1-2 hour workshops or modules or as a single full-day training that develop the following skills:
Telling a compelling story that is inspiring and makes an “ask” in 90 secondsWriting an effective email, making an elevator speech and making an impactful phone callOrchestrating a successful meeting with an elected officialThe unique step-by-step, skill-building design of NAMI Smarts is effective with a wide range of participants, including those who are new to advocacy as well as individuals with years of experience.
Participants routinely share that they’ve never been able to condense their story or made a clear “ask," but with NAMI Smarts, they are now able to.
Lobbyists who represent NAMI State Organizations or mental health coalitions also love this program—they see participants come out confident and able to share their story in a way that moves policymakers.
Sign Up For A TrainingFind the NAMI Smarts for Advocacy training nearest to you. If you do not see one listed near you, contact your local NAMI to find out when they are hosting their next training. If they don’t have one planned, ask them to plan one!