March 17 - 20, 2018  Washington DC

We will take up to 10 high school youth to participate in the Friend's Committee on National Legislation's (FCNL) annual spring lobby and advocacy training weekend.

Register here by February 1, if you are interested, and we will contact you.  This is an application process to attend with the PoHo youth program.  We will select up to 10 participants to go with us.  We are looking for people who are serious about social justice issues, particularly immigration, and learning how to create change inn our country through the legislative process.  You must have previously attended Powell House youth programs and demonstrated responsible behavior.

(YOUNG ADULTS should register directly with FCNL and make their own transportation and lodging arrangements.  We would love to have a bunch of young Quaker folks there from NY yearly meeting!)

At Spring Lobby Weekend 2018, hundreds of students, recent grads, and young adults will come to Washington, DC to learn how to be effective change makers.  The main focus for Spring Lobby Weekend will be immigration.
Participants will: 

  • Hear from policy experts, high-profile speakers, and other grassroots advocates on solutions to fix our broken  immigration system.
  • Lobby 3 members of Congress and/or their staff.
  • Practice advocacy techniques from writing effective letters to the editor to grassroots organizing.

We plan to stay together at a youth hostel arranged by FCNL. 

Here is the basic information from FCNL

Here is the FCNL printable flyer

This page has the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

The cost:  $445 plus the cost of transportation

We will figure out transportation to Washington DC when we see who is going with us and where they live.  We plan to leave Friday afternoon and return Tuesday night.

(The $445 includes 4 nights at the hostel, meals, the registration fee, local transportation and a Powell House program fee.)


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Powell House is the conference and retreat center of the 

New York Yearly Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers).

Powell House
524 Pitt Hall Rd
Old Chatham,  NY
phone  518-794-8811
fax     518-794-8815
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