Welcome to the New Lead Advocate Certification Training
Lead Advocates are advocacy volunteers who have gone through specific training about issues facing the limb loss and limb difference community, our policy priorities, and skills to be effective advocates. If you’re ready to build relationships with lawmakers, take action with other advocates, and engage your community networks to improve the lives of those with limb loss or limb difference, then you can complete our online Lead Advocate Certification Training and become a Lead Advocate today.
The online Lead Advocate Certification Training consists of our volunteer advocacy toolkit and 8 short videos including a conversation with current lead advocates. The full online training can be completed in under 90 minutes, but you are able to work through the training at your own pace. Once completed, you’ll receive an online certificate and will be invited to attend our monthly Zoom calls to connect with other Lead Advocates and our government relations staff.
Online Lead Advocate Training Instructions
You may view the instructions for accessing the online training in TopClass in this help guide.
The Value of Lead Advocates
Lead Advocates build relationships with their Senators and Representative as well as their staff. They build those connections in different ways, by writing emails, picking up the phone, or visiting them in person when possible. By reaching out regularly and being a reliable resource of useful information, Lead Advocates create connections and educate policymakers about what it is like to live with limb loss and limb difference.
Lead Advocates don’t work alone. The Amputee Coalition wants to have a Lead Advocate for all 435 Congressional districts and 50 states across the country – but that’s only a start! The more advocates and Lead Advocates we have working together in every state and district across the country, the more effective we’ll be. Lead Advocates help connect and coordinate advocates in their districts and states to be as effective as possible.
Lead Advocates also reach out to others in their networks to take action with the Amputee Coalition. Do you have family, friends, or colleagues who have shared your journey with limb loss or limb difference? Do you know folks in your support group who could share their story? Or friends in other groups or organizations you belong to? Lead Advocates make sure to amplify the voices of those in their networks.
By advocating with us, you can make sure your voice gets heard – and help others get their voice heard, too!