YWCA Capitol Hill Day


YWCA Capitol Hill Day
May 3, 2012

Download the YWCA USA 2012 Conference Program (PDF, ~1MB)

YWCA Capitol Hill Day

The best activist for issues critical to the YWCA mission and our constituents is YOU – staff and leadership. YOU are the experts who advocate for policies and public support that impact middle-low income families, abused and neglected children, domestic violence and sexual assault victims, the elderly, and the disabled.

YWCA Capitol Hill Day is our opportunity for YWCA activists to converge on the nation’s capital en mass to exert our “Persimmon Power” in a common voice on legislative issues that are central to our mission.

This year, we will be “Shaking Things Up” and advocating for the successful re-authorization of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) and speaking up against cuts to human needs programs. 

Online registration is now closed. You may register at the conference beginning
Wednesday, May 2 at 3pm at the Hyatt Regency Washington Hotel.

Please contact the YWCA USA via e-mail at advocacy@ywca.org if you have questions about YWCA Capitol Hill Day registration, the Capitol Hill Day legislative visits, or would like general information.

YWCA Capitol Hill Day: Legislative Visits

  • YWCA USA will be scheduling Congressional visits. Please note that these visits will be with the staff of Members of Congress.  On the morning of the event, the YWCA USA advocacy staff will provide each participant with a folder containing all of the necessary materials for their visits in personalized lobby day packets.
  • Please contact us if you have a specific scheduling request, which can include arranging multiple congressional visits for those who have YWCA facilities in multiple congressional districts.  

YWCA Capital Hill Day: How to Prepare

Galvanizing our advocacy efforts requires preparation and planning. The YWCA USA will provide (free) online advocacy and issue training webinars, legislative scheduling, and supporting resource materials.

Advocacy & Training Webinars:

Wednesday, April 18, 2012
12:00 PM-1:00 PM (EST)
Prior to Capitol Hill Day, the YWCA USA will conduct two online Webinar training sessions to prepare participating YWCA activists. If you are attending the YWCA Advocacy Day on May 3, join this webinar to learn more about legislative issues from YWCA policy experts. Legislative priorities include: Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) Re-authorization; funding for the Community Development Block Grant, Childcare Development Block Grant and the Victims of Crime Act.
To watch a recording of this webinar, click here.

Wednesday, April 25, 2012
12:00 PM-1:00 PM (EST)
YWCA participants have a tremendous opportunity to make a difference in Washington, DC!  If you're coming to the YWCA Capitol Hill Day you'll want to join this "What to Know Before You Go" webinar.  The webinar will include a review of the five specific things you can do to ensure your legislators and their staff listens and take notice on women’s policy issues.  It will also cover the most important things to know about your legislators, the logistics of a Capitol Hill meeting and how to develop a winning message, especially with new Members of Congress.  If you're wondering what you can do to get the most out of your YWCA Capitol Hill Day experience, this is the session for you.
To watch a recording of this webinar, click here.

Online registration is now closed. You may register at the conference beginning
Wednesday, May 2 at 3pm at the Hyatt Regency Washington Hotel.

We encourage everyone to attend to ask live questions during both webinars; however, in the case that you cannot attend, please register to receive webinar audio links and supporting materials.

Additional Events:

Logistics Conference Call
Monday, April 30 at 3 pm EST
The YWCA USA will host a conference call for Capitol Hill Day participants. The call will cover the logistics of Capitol Hill Day, how to advocate with specific Members of Congress; including Members who need to hear from us on the importance of VAWA reauthorization and other YWCA policies and programs impacted by congressional decision-making. Additionally, the logistics call will provide an opportunity for participants to ask questions. 

  • An in-person advocacy overview session will be conducted on the morning of May 3 from 8:00-9:30 am. This training will provide an overview of Capitol Hill Day and an opportunity for questions and answers.

Please contact the YWCA USA via e-mail at advocacy@ywca.org if you have questions about YWCA Capitol Hill Day registration, the Capitol Hill Day legislative visits, or would like general information.

Capitol Hill Day: Preliminary Schedule

The YWCA 2012 Capitol Hill Day will take place on Thursday, May 3, in Washington, D.C. Capitol Hill Day will include a morning briefing session and pre-scheduled visits with House and Senate offices. The day will end with a briefing hosted by the White House Office of Public Engagement where YWCA attendees will be able to hear from senior White House officials on issues important to the YWCA.  

6:30 – 8:00 AM Capitol Hill Day Registration
Location: Hyatt Regency on Capitol Hill
7:00 – 9:30 AM Lobby Day Welcome, Legislative Issue Briefing and Logistics Overview
Location:  Hyatt Regency on Capitol Hill
Continental Breakfast will be served
10:00 am – 2:30 PM Capitol Hill Day Legislative Visits
3:00 pm – 5:00 PM YWCA Community Leaders Briefing with White House 

Downloadable Toolkit

Capitol Hill Day participants are encouraged to download the Capitol Hill Day Toolkit. The kit includes:

Capitol Hill Day: Attire

  • In addition to creating a unified message, help us create a strong, unified VISIBLE presence! The most impactful Capitol Hill presence occurs when organizations are easily identifiable. As such, we are asking YWCA Capitol Hill Day participants to wear uniform attire. Similar to the highly successful unified look in previous Capitol Hill Days, we are asking all participating YWCA activists to wear black, preferably black pants suits or black skirt suits with white shirts/tops, and a persimmon scarf to accent your attire.
  • For those in need, the YWCA USA will be selling persimmon scarves on site at the conference for purchase.

Additional Advocacy Resources

Want to learn more? Check out these great resources from YWCA partners:

How to Communicate with Congress

Citizens in Action



The Advocacy Handbook

Organizing for Social Change


The Influence Game