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2020 FIRST® Virtual National Advocacy Conference

The FIRST National Advocacy Conference has taken place each June for the last 7 years in Washington, DC. We’ve trained over 1,500 kids to talk to their Members of Congress and advocate to expand FIRST to underserved and underrepresented populations while promoting STEM and education.

This year, we take these basic concepts and deliver them in a new way digitally as we launch our FIRST Virtual National Advocacy Conference. We will walk you through the basics of advocacy and building and leveraging relationships with elected officials to advance FIRST and your team/school’s goals.

We will provide a very hands on and practical introduction on what you need to be an effective advocate at the local, state, and federal levels.

This conference will be valuable for those who have attended NAC in the past, as well as new advocates just starting to think about affecting local, state, and federal policy. The material is geared for high school students and in particular FTC and FRC teams and participants.

There is no cost for this event, but individual registration is required. Individuals can attend or teams can attend, but each person needs to register separately, please.

SAVE THE DATE: The 2021 NAC will be returning to DC on June 20 - 22, 2021.

Please contact us with ANY questions at staff@firstnac.org.


Session 1 – Saturday June 13, 2020 (12pm ET - 4pm ET)
• What Issues Are Important to You?
• Advocacy 101
• Advocacy for STEM and Education
• FIRST Works
• The Impact of FIRST on STEM
• Meeting with Your Elected Officials
• Q&A

Session 2 – Saturday June 20, 2020 (12pm ET - 4pm ET)
• Washington’s Political Landscape
• Federal Government Financial Overview
• What Does FIRST Do For Advocacy
• State Advocacy Efforts and Successes
• FIRST’s Chief State Advocate Program
• Interacting with Elected Officials
• Q&A

Agenda subject to change.
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