Advocacy Alerts

Check out our most recent calls to action below and sign up for advocacy alerts to stay in the know of how and when to advocate to policymakers.

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Past Advocacy Alerts

  1. April 22, 2015, 1:42 pm

    State Budget Advocacy Opportunity

    During the week of April 27th, 2015 the House of Representative will debate all amendments to the House Ways and Means budget. Up until when an amendment is debated Representatives can sign on as cosponsors if they have not already and they can advocate in meetings on different amendments called caucuses. So we need to continue to advocate for their support!

    Please contact your Representative and ask that they support high priority amendments (and cosponsor if they have not already). Below is a script  that you can adapt for your calls/...

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  2. March 4, 2015, 5:03 pm

    Governor Baker Announces FY16 Proposal

    Governor Baker announced his FY16 (fiscal year 2016) budget proposal this afternoon (called House 1 or “H 1”). You can view the Governor’s message and various components of his proposal...

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  3. July 3, 2014, 3:04 pm

    Conference Committee Update

    Conference Committee released its FY15 Budget. We are thrilled to report that there were increases or maintained levels of services across the board for teen pregnancy prevention and teen parent programs! This would not have been possible without your advocacy through out the last year. Please see below for a synopsis. Click...

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  4. June 10, 2014, 11:43 am

    Advocate to Conference Committee

    It’s time to advocate to the Conference Committee, which is made up of 3 members from the House and 3 from the Senate. We need to ensure that the highest funding levels from the House and Senate budgets make it into the final FY15 budget. Please call/email your State Representative and Senator ASAP. You can use...

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  5. April 10, 2014, 6:54 pm

    Take Action To Protect Funding for Important Programs

    House Ways and Means released its FY15 budget on April 9. Find our synopsis here, analysis spreadsheet here, and the full budget here.

    Call your Representative...

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  6. December 10, 2013, 1:34 pm

    Advocate to Governor Patrick Before the Holidays!

    Governor Patrick needs to hear from you ASAP on the programs and services you think the state must invest in for fiscal year 2015. Email, call and write the Governor to ensure he invests in teen pregnancy prevention and teen parent programs for next fiscal year!

    Click on the document below for how to call, email and write the Governor along with some sample text.

    Thank you for your advocacy!
     

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  7. October 2, 2013, 2:57 pm

    Show Up to Support Teen Parents

    Dear Friend,

    We have an important hearing on dropout prevention and recovery for which we need to generate as big a turn out as possible to persuade legislators to prioritize the issue this year! Please come and bring colleagues and/or youth for any portion of the hearing you can attend.

    When: Tuesday, October 8, 10 am - 2 pm
    Where: MA State House, Gardner Auditorium

    Action Steps:

    1. Attend the hearing. Please email Katie Bright and let us know how many people you plan to bring and...

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  8. June 7, 2013, 4:52 pm

    Budget and Welfare Reform Advocacy: Take Action Now!

    The Conference Committee has begun to meet to work out the differences between the House and Senate budgets. Please take action now to advocate for programs that support teen pregnancy prevention and young families! The Senate President will also release a welfare reform bill in the coming weeks, so in the talking points below I include requests for conference committee and the Senate President’s welfare reform bill.

    ACTION STEPS:

    • Call or email your legislators NOW...
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  9. May 31, 2013, 11:34 am

    Stop Shaming Young Parents - Please Sign The Petition!

    The Alliance is asking for your support in signing a petition encouraging the Candie’s Foundation to radically change its response to and perception of what teen pregnancy and parenting means for young people. The Candie’s Foundation continues to use shame as an approach to prevent teen pregnancy - one we know does not work! We believe in using evidence-supported messaging for educating teens on how to prevent pregnancy and seeing early parenthood as young parents themselves see it: a critical opportunity to obercome obstacles for the future of their families.

    ...

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  10. May 30, 2013, 10:59 am

    Take Action - Advocate for Conference Committee

    The Senate Budget is complete and it’s on to Conference Committee where leaders from the House and Senate meet to work out the differences between the House and Senate budgets. The Conference Committee budget is then sent to the Governor for him to, hopefully, sign by July 1 when next year’s budget begins.

    TAKE ACTION:
    • Call or email your legislators this week to urge them to support the recommendations in the script below by using some or all of the script.
    • Find your...

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  11. May 15, 2013, 4:14 pm

    Budget Update and Take Action

    The Senate Ways and Means Committee (SWM) released its fiscal year 2014 (FY14) budget this afternoon. I am thrilled to report that teen pregnancy prevention and teen parent programs fared very well overall! Congratulations on all of your advocacy- it paid off!

    Your prompt action is needed, however, to ensure that the final Senate budget includes the full increase needed to avoid cuts to the Teen Living Shelter Program. The Senate showed tremendous support for TLP by increasing...

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  12. April 10, 2013, 4:40 pm

    State Budget Update - Take Action!

    The House Ways and Means (HWM) committee released their proposed fiscal year 2014 budget on April 10. By Friday, April 16, ask your Representative to sign onto the following three priority amendments and advocate for them duirng House budget debate the following week!

    You can look up your Representative and his/her contact information by entering your zip code ...

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  13. November 12, 2012, 3:53 pm

    Advocate to Governor Patrick

    Governor Patrick is finalizing his Fiscal Year 2014 (FY14) budget proposal and needs to hear from you about which programs are important to support and why.

    Call: 888.870.7770, click here to email and write addressed to: The Honorable Deval Patrick, Office of the Governor, The State House, Room 280, Boston, MA 02133.

    Here is a script you can use (just read/...

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  14. June 13, 2012, 3:27 pm

    Call your legislators!

    Please take the time to call members of Conference Committee to advocate for teen pregnancy prevention and teen parent programs you care about. Your calls make a difference and can change the outcome for teens and young families next budget year!

    The Conference Committee is where leaders from the House and Senate meet to work out the differences between the House and Senate budgets. The Conference Committee budget is sent to the Governor for him to, hopefully, sign by July 1 with inevitable vetoes and reductions to the budget. To view the outcome for teen pregnancy prevention...

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  15. May 23, 2012, 9:12 am

    Advocate Today for Teen Pregnancy Prevention and Teen Parent Programs!

    The Senate Ways and Means Committee released it’s proposed fiscal year 2013 budget last week. Your advocacy is needed to support critical amendments to this budget. The Senate will debate amendments starting today, Wednesday May 23. Your Senator needs to hear from you today about the programs you support!

    Please call your Senator ASAP and follow the script below to advocate for one or all amendments the Alliance supports. These include amendments for the Teen Living Shelter Program, improved access...

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  16. May 7, 2012, 3:44 pm

    Take Action to Support Teen Parents in Dropout Prevention Legislation

    We’ve got to kick up the pressure on policymakers to get dropout prevention legislation passed this session! Policymakers only have until the end of June to pass new legislation. See below for how to take action now.

    There are two dropout prevention bills in play (Senator Chang-Diaz’s S.2173 and Rep. Marty Walz’s H.1964). Our goal is for the legislature to pass a combined version of the two bills this session and that the final bill include explicit provisions for expectant and parenting students.

    Below are brief descriptions of...

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  17. April 11, 2012, 3:30 pm

    House Ways and Means FY13 Budget Release

    The House Ways and Means Committee (HWM) released its budget this afternoon. Especially considering the budget included no new revenue, teen pregnancy prevention and teen parent programs fared well . See below for a summary. You can also check out this spreadsheet for a comparison of the HWM budget to the current fiscal year 2012 (FY12) budget, the Governor’s...

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  18. February 10, 2012, 1:10 pm

    Advocate for Teen Pregnancy Prevention and Teen Parents in the FY13 Budget

    It’s time to advocate to your legislators that they include teen pregnancy prevention and teen parent supports in their priority lists for the fiscal year 2013 (FY13) budget!

    Call and write your legislators. You can find your legislators and their contact information here.

    Use the following script for your calls/letters (feel free to mention one or all of the programs listed).

    -Script-

    “...

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  19. February 8, 2012, 10:43 am

    Ensure Teen Parents Are Included in Dropout Prevention Legislation

    The Alliance has been working for over a year to ensure supports for expectant and parenting students are included in proposed dropout prevention legislation. We need strong advocacy from youth and advocates to make this a reality. Dropout prevention legislation will be taken up by the joint committee on education very soon, so act now! Urge legislative leaders to include expectant and parenting students in dropout prevention legislation.

    Call the chairs of the education committee ASAP: Senator Sonia Chang Diaz (617-722-1673) and...

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  20. January 30, 2012, 4:48 pm

    Governor Patrick Releases FY13 Budget Proposal

    Governor Patrick released his proposed fiscal year 2013 (FY13) budget on January 25. Overall teen parent and teen pregnancy prevention services fared relatively well.

    Below is a brief synopsis of the Governor’s proposed FY13 budget recommendations. Click here for a cross-fiscal year comparison of program funding. You can find the Governor’s full budget recommendations...

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  21. December 1, 2011, 9:26 am

    Advocate for Teen Parent and Teen Pregnancy Prevention Programs

    Take advantage of two important opportunities to speak up for teen parent and teen pregnancy prevention programs in Massachusetts!

    1. Call the Governor at 888.870.7770 to advocate for funding in the fiscal year 2013 budget for teen parents and teen pregnancy prevention. Write and email him too!

    Please refer to this...

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  22. June 2, 2011, 11:24 am

    State Budget is Almost a Wrap - Get Your Voice Heard Before It's Too Late!

    The Alliance is calling on everyone who cares about teen pregnancy prevention or support for teen parents to call their legislators.  Members of a Conference Committee are working out the differences between the House and Senate FY2012 budgets over the next 7-10 days. Governor Patrick will then sign, veto or amend the Conference Committee budget.

    Please take the following action steps before Wednesday June 8:
    1. Call and email your Representative and Senator and urge them to write to Conference Committee...

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  23. February 21, 2011, 1:35 pm

    Call Your Legislators!

    Your legislators are developing their priorities for next year’s state budget NOW. If you care about teen pregnancy prevention and teen parent programs then you need to urge your Representative and Senator to prioritize these programs! Fiscal year 2012 is going to be tougher than the past two fiscal years, leaving policymakers with difficult decisions over which programs to cut and which to protect. The ONLY way to ensure programs you care about are spared is by making your voice loud and clear to your legislators. Call,...

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  24. January 24, 2011, 5:05 pm

    Take Action to Support Comprehensive Sex Ed and Condom Availability in BPS

    The Alliance is part of a coalition that is working with city councilor Councillor Ayanna Pressley to advocate for comprehensive sex education and better condom availability in Boston Public Schools (BPS). We need your support in this effort! Here’s what you can do:

    1. Sign onto the pledge of support below by February 7 at 12:00 pm. Use the form below to sign onto the pledge. Include your name or the name of your organization as you would like it to appear on the pledge and your contact information. The names of people and...
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  25. December 3, 2010, 4:56 pm

    Urgent Advocacy Alert: Call Your Policymakers to Restore Funding to YPP!

    Why We Need Your Help in Advocating for the Young Parent Alternative Education Program

    During this past year, the Young Parent Alternative Education Program (YPP) sustained a devastating funding cut of 33%, which has led to a crisis in access to alternative education for young parents in Massachusetts. The Alliance, in partnership with YPPs across the state, is in the midst of an intensive campaign to restore funding to YPP.

    The Governor has recently informed the media that he plans to file a...

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