Below are answers to some frequently asked questions about Spring Lobby Weekend, covering topics including more information on the virtual conference, registration, and lobbying.
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Why is Spring Lobby Weekend happening online this year?
In a time when we must practice social distancing to protect the well-being of our neighbors, we are finding creative, new ways to connect. This decision was challenging but also joyful, as staff considered the opportunities a virtual gathering will bring.
By meeting online we can make the event accessible to a wider group of young adult advocates. Because of the tools and expertise FCNL has to organize telephone and video lobby visits, we are uniquely poised to make an impact on Capitol Hill and beyond. We have learned so much about virtual gatherings since March 2020—join us to see what we have in store for our second annual virtual Spring Lobby Weekend!
When is the event?
The programming for the event will take place Saturday, March 20-Tuesday, March 23. The schedule is being finalized, but we plan on programming to begin no earlier than 12:00 p.m. EDT daily.
Where is the event?
On your computer! All of the programming will take place on Zoom and YouTube live stream. All of the details, links, and passwords, will be emailed to registrants before the event, so be sure you and all your friends who plan to attend are registered!
What technology will I need to have access to in order to participate?
The event will take place over Zoom, which you can download for free, and YouTube live stream. If you have not joined a Zoom meeting before and are using Zoom from a computer, tablet, or smartphone, you need to download the Zoom app first. If you have not joined a call before, here’s a video from Zoom to show you how.
If you have a computer with a camera, we recommend joining us by computer. You may also join by tablet or smartphone, or participate by calling in for audio-only.
How will lobby visits work?
Justin Hurdle, who is coordinating lobby visits, will notify you of lobby visits as they are scheduled. Lobby visits will no longer happen in-person on Capitol Hill, but we are working with offices to move visits to phone and video calls.
We are scheduling all lobby visits for Monday during the day (9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. EDT).
How do I register?
You can register online any time before the event so we can be sure to send you all the relevant updates.
How much does registration cost?
Because we are moving to a virtual platform this year, our hope is that we will be able to remove barrier to entry to attending Spring Lobby Weekend 2021 such as travel, finances and schedules. As such, we are pleased to offer waived registration fees. If you would like to support our Young Adult programs and Spring Lobby Weekend, we encourage you to make an optional donation.
What is the schedule?
You can find the most up-to-date schedule for the event at fcnl.org/slw. As we finalize more details, they will be regularly posted to the event page.
The conference will include lobby trainings, networking opportunities, expert panels, social gatherings, lobby visits and much more!
I have questions. Who should I Contact?
For questions about scheduling your lobby visit, contact Justin Hurdle, FCNL’s Organizing Strategy Associate.
For all other questions related to Spring Lobby Weekend, contact Annie Chiorazzi.
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