ERIC Number: ED435486
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999-Sep
Reference Count: N/A
Business Leaders as Legislative Advocates for Children. Working Paper Series.
Blood, Margaret; Ludtke, Melissa
In the 1996 and 1997 Massachusetts legislative sessions, several of Boston's key business leaders became active child advocates in alliance with more traditional advocates and other civic leaders, convincing public policymakers to create and fund several initiatives benefiting children. This working paper presents reflections on successful legislative advocacy for children and describes the advocacy strategy development and implementation. Section 1 of the paper presents reflections in the following areas: (1) why business leaders make a positive difference in child advocacy; (2) what convinces business leaders to become legislative child advocates; (3) recruiting business leaders to be "messengers" for children; (4) where advocates can find business leaders; (5) how advocates can work effectively with business leaders; (6) what strategies work best for advocates in such an alliance; and (7) the number of business leaders needed and the necessary conditions for sustaining involvement. Section 2, presented as a case study, describes the United Way's role in developing a strategy for enrolling business leaders as advocates for the "Success By 6" initiative to support preventive approaches to improve the lives of young children and their families. Other areas discussed include developing a role for business leaders, deciding what issues to support, training business leaders for legislative advocacy, and examining business leaders' actions as advocates. Included throughout this section are quotations from interviews with 27 business leaders and others involved with the initiative, descriptions of key findings on effective child advocacy, the "Success By 6" public awareness campaign, and descriptions of state legislation. (KB)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Foundation for Child Development, New York, NY.
Identifiers - Location: Massachusetts