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18 YPs Attend Advocacy Training
Posted September 14, 2018 by CUNA Advocacy

Eighteen young credit union professionals from around the country made the journey to Washington. D.C. this week to attend our second annual Young Professionals Advocacy Training.  The all-day training featured discussions led by CUNA and league staff, a panel featuring Congressional staffers, lessons from outside government affairs professionals, interactive group activities, and congressional meeting prep sessions.  Topics covered included best practices for in-district and Capitol Hill meetings, an overview of CUNA’s political program and the role credit union professionals play in advocacy, in addition to networking opportunities.  Two important topics stressed throughout the training was the importance of building a relationship with your Members of Congress and their staffs and the importance of storytelling.

The group was comprised of eighteen attendees from ten different states. Advocacy experience varied greatly with some young professionals already having relationships with their Members of Congress to others who had never been to Washington, D.C. or wrote to their state or federal representatives previously. Attendees also represented various departments from their respective credit unions.  Several participants worked on community development and public relations, but others were branch managers, marketing specialists, IT specialists, administrative assistants, lending advisors, and an application support analyst.  Regardless of the young professional’s background, all attendees learned new skills and importance of advocacy for the credit union movement.

The all-day training took place at Credit Union House on Monday.  Once the training concluded, all attendees were invited to a reception to network with their peers. These young professionals then participated in their League Hike the Hills and put their new skills to use.  Another training will take place later this month on Monday, September 24th