Public Policy

Youth Catalytics tracks public policy vital to the interests of children and young people and maintains an interest in regulatory processes that determine how agency grantees must administer state- and federally-funded programs. We report on legislation via Twitter and our monthly 'Into Practice' e-newsletter. In the links and tools provided here, find ways to contact legislators, tips for understanding the federal social services bureaucracy and much more.

Powerful advocates aren't born, they're made.

Arranging a Meeting With a Congressional Aide

Learning to work with legislative aides is important because they're generally the only quasi-official types who have time to meet with you; your legislator is just too busy. Aides don't have direct power but they do have a voice your legislator respects. While they're not exactly your path to the Inner Sanctum of Decision-Making, they're still the best way to get your message across, and that's what......More

Contact Information for Federal Legislators

There are several ways to identify, find out about, and contact your federal senators and representatives. To phone them, call the Capitol switchboard at (202) 224-3121, and simply ask to be connected to a specific Congressperson's office. Direct office numbers are available through the websites below. Both houses of Congress maintain extensive websites telling you who your representatives are,......More

Sample Letter to Arrange a Site Visit

Getting your federal or state representatives to visit your agency is a powerful way to underscore the important work you do and gain support for continued - or even increased - public funding. But how to actually invite him or her? See our template....More

Sample Visit Confirmation Letter

Once your invitation has been accepted, be sure to follow up with a note confirming the details. As always, be effusive in your thanks....More

Writing an Advocacy Letter

Tips for Writing Letters: Address one issue per letter; state the purpose of the letter in the first paragraph. Make your argument simple and easy to follow, and always be courteous. Use examples and evidence from your local agency, area or state....More