The Montgomery County Community Action Board, which is part of the Community Action Agency, is accepting applications for its Community Advocacy Institute (CAI). The CAI is a free eight-month advocacy training program for Montgomery County residents with combined household incomes of $60,000 or less. Conducted in English, with simultaneous Spanish interpretations, workshops will focus on a variety of topics, including how to work with elected officials, storytelling, research, letter-writing, developing testimony and key advocacy issues.
The monthly Saturday program will use a hybrid model, with most workshops conducted virtually and a few sessions held in-person. Participants must attend all workshops and complete an advocacy project to graduate. Additional information and a link to the application are available on the Community Action Agency website. Applications are due Friday, Sept. 2.
The Community Action Board is the County’s Federally designated anti-poverty advisory group. It provides governance to the County Department of Health and Human Services’ Community Action Agency, including Head Start. The CAI was started in 2016 and there are 105 alumni of the program, many serving on County advisory groups and nonprofit boards, along with participating in a variety of advocacy efforts.
For more information, call the Community Action Agency at 240-777-1697. TTY users can call Maryland Relay at 711.