The New Jersey Highlands Coalition depends on dedicated, local advocates in communities across the region and has expanded this network by developing a Highlands Advocates Program, where local advocates connect with other activists and receive support from the Coalition to increase their effectiveness in their community to create positive change. The goal of the Highlands Advocate Program is to have citizens become more involved in advocating for the protection of their communities.
Through the Highlands Advocates Program participants will learn more about the critical issues impacting the region in workshops offered by the Coalition. The Advocate will be a strong representative for their community and the NJ Highlands Coalition, communicating to neighbors and municipal leaders about Highlands issues. The Coalition will provide expertise on policy and science, campaign organizing, public outreach and the municipal conformance process, and host additional workshops throughout the year to ensure Advocates are informed community leaders. By working together, the Coalition and Advocates will be more successful in addressing threats to the Highlands and preserving the resources of the region.
The Coalition is currently reaching out to community leaders across the Highlands to participate in this exciting program. If you are interested in learning more and becoming involved as a Highlands Advocate in your community please contact Erica Van Auken by phone at (973)588-7190 ext. 3 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
On July 12, 2012, we held our first Highlands Advocates Webinar. One of the benefits of hosting a webinar is that advocates from all over the Highlands region can participate in a meeting without having to be physically present. Another great benefit is that the webinar content (including audio of the live discusssion) is archived, allowing us to make it available on our website! If you were unable to join us on July 12, or are interested in the Advocates program follow this link to sit-in on our webinar!