May 2019 – August 2019
- Have a meeting with your local office as soon as possible after the Teens Speak Up! program or once you decide you want to become a young epilepsy advocate.
- Sign up for the Epilepsy Foundation’s Speak Up! Speak Out! Network
- Set up an in-district meeting with your federal legislators during the August recess. Recess means the member of Congress is home and not in Washington, D.C.
September 2019 – November 2019
- Begin planning out your awareness events.Remember: November is National Epilepsy Awareness Month (NEAM).
- Complete at least 2 of your awareness events by the end of November. We recommend doing one during NEAM.
- Get your friends and family involved with your events.
December 2019 – February 2019
- Many state legislature sessions will begin in January, work with your local office to determine what advocacy priorities you can help with
- Try to meet with your local elected officials.
- Aim to put on one last awareness event
*The timeline for 2020 is slightly shorter as the Teens Speak Up! and Public Policy Institute program will be held earlier in 2020.