Advocate For Mentoring - Don't Be Silent

Advocacy encompasses a wide range of activities that influence legislators and decision makers. Nonprofit organizations play an important role in the development and implementation of public policy to promote an informed, strong democratic society. Few institutions are closer to the impact of public policies on the people we serve than nonprofit organizations. Thus, nonprofits can be an important bridge between policy makers and the people which policies impact. Effective advocacy builds your capacity to achieve the greatest good for the greatest number of people you serve. Engaging in advocacy can raise awareness and funds for your organization's mission and attract positive media attention to your program.

We try to make it as easy as possible for you to be prepared and informed on ways to advocate for mentoring. Use the template below to to share your story about quality mentoring programs:

Dear (Legislator's Name),

 I am the (your position at organization) at (mentoring organization or program).  Our program is located in (location) and we serve (areas served)
(Share a story and data about your program. The best way to connect with a legislator is often a personal story that connects to the policy issues being discussed. Legislators may also want to know about the impact of your agency/program in terms of numbers served, cost savings, etc. )
We are a program of Volunteer Iowa, the state agency responsible for advancing service initiatives as well as developing, communicating, and promoting a statewide vision and ethic of service.  Along with other volunteer, mentoring, and national service programs from across Iowa I am participating in this Virtual Day at the Capitol to communicate the importance of the volunteer sector.  Iowa National Service Corps programs provide core services in an extremely cost-efficient manner:
  • The Iowa legislature currently invests $650,079 annually in National Service programs ($170,133 for Volunteer Iowa and the Iowa Mentoring Partnership, $200,000 for RefugeeRISE AmeriCorps and $279,946 for RSVP projects), which helps leverage over $11.4 million in private resources and $21.7 million in federal resources.
  • For every $1 appropriated by the state, we leverage $17.54 in private dollars and $33.43 in federal dollars.
I would be happy to share more with you about (Mentoring program)'s impact and program locations in their handout and map.Your continued support of service and volunteerism in Iowa is greatly appreciated. Thank you for your public service.
(Your name and contact information)

To find your local legislator's contact info visit and craft your own message or feel free to take advantage of the template provided above.

For additional advocacy resources, please visit:

MENTOR: The National Mentoring Partnership's  Advocacy Archives

A collection of articles and stories centered on advocacy efforts

MENTOR's Mentoring Advocacy 101 Toolkit

Resources, templates, and information on current legislation tied to mentoring in America

MENTOR's Action Center

An online program that will send a drafted text to your legislators for you asking them to protect funds for youth mentoring

The Chronicle of Evidence Based Mentoring's Policy Corner

Monthly updates on policy that inform nonprofits and policy makers on the implications of current policies for mentoring programs

Please Note: For questions and concerns involving advocacy vs. lobbying, please contact us by email at or by phone at 800-308-5987.


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