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As a CAN Coordinator, you are one of CEC's premier grassroots advocates. To help you prepare for this role, CEC has developed the following resources to assist you in starting or enhancing your grassroots network.
New CAN Coordinator Introduction Materials:
Key Ingredients for a Healthy CAN
Obtaining Unit/Division Member Emails
CAN Do - Branding Yourself, Creating an Effective CAN Business Card
Strengthening Grassroots Advocacy: A Toolkit for the Everyday Activist
Policy Insider Flyer
Legislative Action Center Flyer
You're a CAN Coordinator, Now What!?
Expanding Your Reach, Coalition Building
Maximizing Your Potential on Capitol Hill: Developing Relationships with Elected Officials
Walk Down Civics Memory Lane
Rethinking & Reauthorizing IDEA
Responsibilities of a CAN Coordinator
CEC's Responsibilities to CAN Coordinators
Advocacy for Everyone: Meeting and Building Relationships with Legislators and Staff!
Navigating Your Way Through the Legislative Process
Influencing Policy Making at a Grassroots level
Coalition Building: Expanding Your Reach
Federal Appropriations Process
Tips for Organizing a Successful Advocacy Phone Call
Tips for Organizing a Successful Advocacy Visit
The Legislative Process
Top 5 Advocacy Tips
Do's and Don'ts When Dealing with Elected Officials Brief