Teen Parent Collaborative Advocacy Guidelines
The Colorado Teen Parent Collaborative (TPC) is a unified community of organizations driven by the strength of teen parents to raise public awareness, share resources, and advocate for public policy that supports teen parents and their families. Our members include individuals and organizations advocating on behalf of or providing services and supports to pregnant and parenting teens and their families.
All advocacy positions taken by the TPC must advance the mission and goals of the collaborative, as stated above. Priority will be given to issues with a statewide impact. All issues considered and positions taken will be examined from a racial-equity perspective.
The scope of issues the TPC will address are directly related to its mission and fall primarily into the following categories:
- Promoting self-sufficiency, both removing barriers and creating opportunities
- Early childhood care and education
- Domestic issues;
- Education attainment and systems, including school finance;
- Fiscal policy and taxes;
- Health care;
- Health insurance and CHIP;
- Access to, and affordability of housing;
- Human services;
- Public health;
- Behavioral health;
- Foster care;
- Juvenile justice;
- Birth control and contraception;
- Domestic violence, sexual health and sexual violence;
- Regulatory reform
The positions that TPC will take on policy issues include strongly support, support, monitor, oppose, strongly oppose. Priority will be placed on providing in-person testimony on all legislative or policy initiatives that TPC strongly supports or strongly opposes. Testimony by teen parents will be supported and facilitated whenever possible. The TPC membership will receive requests for specific grassroots activity using action alerts, and other outreach methods (i.e. social media, phone calls, etc), as needed. For a policy initiative that TPC supports or opposes, TPC membership will be encouraged to contact key legislators to urge action in accordance with TPC positions. Policy initiatives that TPC monitors will be tracked by the TPC Advocacy Committee with consideration about possible impacts to TPC’s mission and goals.
Issues of potential impact or interest to the TPC will be identified and examined by the TPC Advocacy Committee during Committee meetings. Decisions to recommend a specific position be taken must be approved by the TPC Advocacy Committee by a 70/30 majority. Requests for official action on pending legislation or proposed regulatory actions will be presented by the TPC Advocacy Committee to the full TPC membership via email, and/or during TPC member meetings. Members will have 48 hours to respond to have their vote on the proposed position recorded. Decisions whether to take an official position on pending legislation or proposed regulatory action must be approved by a 70/30 majority of the TPC membership.
TPC members will act, in their capacity as a TPC member, only in accordance with official TPC positions. Advocacy may include direct lobbying of individual legislators or executive-branch officials, providing testimony at legislative hearings, providing public comment regarding proposed regulatory actions, acting in coalition with TPC members and stakeholder groups, issuing action alerts to activate membership, and providing information and/or presentations to educate public officials and/or the general public on TPC priorities, issues, and concerns.
Advocacy positions are those of the TPC as a collective and are not necessarily endorsed by individual members or member organizations.