In 2017, Deeds Not Words launched our first advocacy training programs in Texas. We teach our advocates that persuasion is most effective when issues are taken from the abstract and instead made real. Accordingly, we stress the importance of sharing personal stories as a way to help drive real change.
Our advocacy trainings include steps to help young women:
- Understand how to tell their story and amplify it via media channels at their disposal (communications training)
- Learn the advocacy and legislative process, including how to navigate the political landscape in their community to transform an idea into a proposed law (civic education)
- Advocate within their universities and communities to affect change, including learning how to collect stories and testimony for hearings (political training)
- Build coalitions with interest-aligned organizations and leaders, and organize peers to effectively mobilize for a cause (community organizing)
Today, Deeds Not Words has a presence on 17 college and high school chapters across the state of Texas with a focus on building inclusive, intersectional power to advance gender equity by engaging, empowering and activating young women to use their collective voices to improve policies impacting their lives and create a powerful generation of leaders.