Raise Your Voice for
~March 22 - 23, 2010, Tallahassee~
SEE LINKS BELOW FOR CONFERENCE REGISTRATION AND
Here for the Full Program of events (Part I).
Here for the Full Program of events (Part II).
RYVSL Press Release.
FL&S Talking Points.
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The 3rd Annual Raise Your Voice for Service-Learning Conference
at the Tallahassee downtown DoubleTree Hotel will include workshops, training,
displays in the Capitol, student visits with legislators, and a rally
and press conference to celebrate the upcoming Florida Service-Learning
Month. Over 300 people are planning to attend. There is no conference
registration fee, and the hotel is within walking distance of the Capitol.
Register for this event now! Contact your legislators soon
to begin making arrangements to meet with them both locally and when you
come to Tallahassee.
We are excited to announce the participation of two very
Rachael Todd, the reigning Miss Florida, who has platforms
encouraging young people to serve and to address the needs of homelessness
and restoring the Florida Everglades. Miss Todd will speak at the opening
session on March 22 and challenge students to submit their stories of
service. She will then conduct recognition visits/assemblies at several
schools that send in the best stories. She will also speak at the rally
for service learning on March 23.
Miss Florida’s Millennial Challenge
Miss Florida, Rachael Todd also has a challenge for FL students. Submit
to the Miss Florida Organization as a school, a class or an individual
the way(s) in which you are making a difference. The Miss Florida Organization
and Miss Todd will review your accomplishments and ideas, and she will
then visit several schools to recognize Millennials who are making the
biggest positive impacts.The application is due April 4th. Click
here for the official entry form. Send by e-mail to MissFlorida@MissFlorida.org.
Representative Rick Kriseman, from Pinellas County,
is the architect and leading supporter of legislation that passed in 2009
supporting service learning. He will speak at the opening session on 3/22
and the rally on 3/23. He will also join students from Lakeland High School
in an afternoon workshop on 3/22 on how to effectively present your service-learning
project to legislators, the media, and others.
April is Florida Service-Learning Month, and a new proclamation
will be issued by Governor Crist and celebrated at the Conference. Click
on the image below to see the proclamation from 2010 (PDF).
Review the sections below for information about the agenda, planned workshops,
and scheduling information visits with legislators.
We look forward to seeing
you in Tallahassee!
TO REGISTER, GO TO THE
You will enter a Survey Monkey registration when you
click on the link above.
Monday, March 22 (events at DoubleTree Hotel)
- 11 a.m.-1:00 p.m. Registration
- 1:00-1:45 p.m. Opening Plenary
- 2:00-3:15 p.m. Workshops I (7 choices)
- 3:30-4:45 p.m. Workshops II (7 choices)
- 4:45-5:00 p.m. Closing Plenary
Tuesday, March 23 (events at Florida Capitol)
- 8:00-8:45 a.m.----Set up displays in Capitol
- 8:45-11 a.m. -----Students man displays, students and teachers visit
- 11 a.m. -----------Rally/press conference to recognize April as Service-Learning
- 11:45 a.m. --------End of Conference
March 22 Workshops
Workshops are being planed and organized, and will be presented primarily
by students from Florida Service-Learning Leader Schools. Schools and
will include the following topics:
- Communicating about service learning with the public, elected officials,
- Using technology to tell your service-learning story (web sites, blogs,
video, pod casts, tweeting, etc.)
- Building great and sustainable service-learning partnerships
- Youth voice and leadership in service learning
- Publish about your program
- Teaching through art—skits, songs, painting, puppetry, murals,
dance, poetry, etc.
- Youth as philanthropists (service-learning mini-grants and Penny Harvest)
- How to tell a legislator about your project—Rep. Rick Kriseman
will help students practice meeting with legislators.
- State Farm service-learning initiatives
- New service-learning legislation and service-learning courses
- Exemplary project presentations
Scheduling Visits with Legislators
Every group should make plans to visit with one or more state Senators
or Representatives on the morning of March 23—there is time for
you to visit with multiple offices. At these visits, students educate
their elected officials about service learning and their projects. Contact
information for all members of the House and Senate members is included
in the link below, which has mutiple resources to help you provide information
about your great efforts to elected officials and the media: Click
here for the media kit page.
Contact your legislators’ offices now to let them know you are
coming to Tallahassee to meet with them on March 23. Even if they are
unable to schedule a specific time on 3/23 this far in advance, it is
useful to make initial contact and make them aware of your intentions.
You can then, if necessary, schedule the appointment closer to the actual
3/23 date—even as late at 3/22 or the morning of 3/23.
The Raise Your Voice for Service-Learning Conference will be held at
the DoubleTree Hotel in downtown Tallahassee, located
at 101 South Adams Street, Tallahassee, 32301-7774. For more information
on the DoubleTree (including directions), see the hotel web site by clicking
Doubletree Hotel Tallahassee
101 South Adams Street, Tallahassee 32301
Phone: 850-224-5000; Fax: 850-513-9516
to see local map, directions and information on parking.
To reserve your hotel room(s), contact the DoubleTree at 850-224-5000.
Tell them you are registering as part of the “Raise Your Voice”
conference to get the special conference rate of $119 per night. You will
need proof of non-profit status to avoid paying taxes on the room(s).
NOTE: As of March 4th, 2010, our room block at the DoubleTree
OTHER HOTEL OPTIONS
The following additional hotels are within one mile of the Capitol,
offer rooms for $109 a night, have rooms with indoor access, and include
Inn, Capitol East – 1355 Apalachee Parkway, Tallahassee, 32301
(corner of Apalachee Parkway and Magnolia Drive), 850-877-3171.
Inn – 2979 Apalachee Parkway, Tallahassee, 32301 (behind Torreya
the FL&S Student Guide for Working with Legislators. Click Here.
our page on Outreach and working with the Media.Click Here.