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Where is Spring Lobby Weekend happening this year?

We are returning to the National Press Club for most of the Spring Lobby Weekend programming this year, utilizing their fabulous space three blocks from the White House and right by the National Mall.

Programming starts on Saturday at noon. We will continue with 9:30 to 5:30 p.m. programming on Sunday and Monday. On Tuesday, we will head to Capitol Hill for a full day of lobby visits and will again be using the Lutheran Church of the Reformation as our staging ground for these visits.

Is there housing available?

FCNL has reserved housing at a the Hyatt Regency Washington Capitol Hill at discounted rates and various other locations to accommodate as many attendees as possible. These accommodations, however, are limited. 

Due to the limits of the housing we can provide, we will be giving preference to group reservations over individual reservations to accommodate as many attendees as possible.

For more on housing, please contact Annie Chiorazzi at annie@fcnl.org

How are you planning to follow safety protocols for COVID-19?

FCNL follows the guidelines established by the Centers for Disease Control, the federal government, and local Washington, D.C. authorities. We are also in regular touch with the facilities we are using for this event to ensure that they are following the best information available to protect public health.

In 2020 and 2021, we determined that it was not possible to hold this event physically in Washington, D.C. In 2022, however, we believe an in-person event will be possible. But we will continually monitor public health guidelines and change the program if necessary based on advice from the CDC and federal and local governments.

Is there a way to participate virtually in Spring Lobby Weekend if I’m not comfortable coming to Washington, D.C.?

Spring Lobby Weekend 2022 is constructed as an in-person event.

At the same time, we realize  that many of us have different comfort levels with gathering in-person and we are finding creative, new ways to connect. This year we hope that those who are comfortable will join us in Washington D.C. to advocate for change, but we understand that for some that is not possible, so we will also be offering limited, online participation for major parts of the event.

Sadly,  if you are not joining us in-person, you will not have access to all of the trainings or workshops due to the logistical restraints of our venue, but options will be made available to you throughout.

When is the event?

Programming for the event will take place Saturday, March 12 through Tuesday, March 15.  The schedule is still being finalized, but we plan on programming to begin no earlier than 9 a.m. daily. 

Lobby visits will take place throughout the day on Tuesday, March 15, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

What technology will I need to have access to in order to participate?

If you attend in person, you do not need any technology, although we recommend a smart phone or computer as a way to do research.

If you are joining us online, the event will take place via Zoom, which you can download for free, and via Youtube livestreams. 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. 

If you have questions about your state and district lobby visits, please reach out to Justin Hurdle at jhurdle@fcnl.org.

Will I be able to lobby if I am joining virtually?

Unfortunately, we will not be able to offer lobby training or meetings to those who are joining us virtually.  Because we train for lobby visits in state and district delegation groups, it is impossible to train both in-person and virtual attendees together given the logistical limitations of our event space and congressional offices. We apologize for this inconvenience, but we will be sure to provide virtual attendees with the resources to lobby from home after Spring Lobby Weekend.

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.

Please note that registration will close on Thursday, March 10th.

How much does registration cost?

Registration costs $50 for those attending in person and $25 for those attending virtually.

What does the registration fee cover?

Registration covers all programming and for in-person attendees, it also covers breakfast and lunch on Saturday, Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday, as well as all program materials.

Registration does not cover travel, housing, dinners, or local transportation.

Is there financial assistance available?

Yes! 

FCNL offers a limited amount of financial assistance to young adults.

This assistance is based on a combination of factors including need, travel costs. housing costs, and responses to the questions in our financial assistance surveys. Award amounts are specific to each person or group.

Please note that due to budget limitations, we give strong preference to group financial aid over individual financial aid.  For questions, please contact Annie Chiorazzi at annie@fcnl.org.

In order to apply, please check out our Financial Assistance page.

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!

Is the event only for young adults?

The event is primarily designed for and focused on young adults. We center the voices and experiences of young people at our event, working with them on building power. However, you do not have to be a young adult to attend. There will be opportunities for those not attending Spring Lobby Weekend to support the lobbying happening in D.C. by taking action at home.

Can high school students/those under 18 attend Spring Lobby Weekend?

Young adults under the age of 18 are welcome to attend Spring Lobby Weekend. However, given issues of liability, all minors must have a signed permission form that appoints an adult (someone over 18) as being responsible for the under-age individual.

The form must indicate that their parents/legal guardians grant permission for the adult who is attending Spring Lobby Weekend to be legally responsible for the minor. Additionally, the individual who is named as being legally responsible must attend the entirety of the event.

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