The 50-State Campaign for Achievement Now (50CAN) is a nonprofit organization that works at the local level to advocate for high-quality education for all kids, regardless of their address.

Operating seven state-based CAN chapters, they span the country—Rhode Island, Minnesota, New York, Maryland, North Carolina, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania. 50CAN provides tools and trainings for new advocates seeking to build bottom-up support for education policy change. Some of these include: an in-depth guide for building local advocacy campaigns, an online course on education policy, and an Advocacy Essentials workshop that focuses on the basic skills and knowledge that local advocacy leaders will need to succeed. For those burgeoning local advocates interested in a more in-depth dive, 50CAN has launch YouCAN, a 10-month paid program that takes trainees through their step-by-step process of strategizing and developing winning campaigns. In addition focus on training opportunities and materials, 50CAN boasts an extensive library of key policy research and reports, as well as a number of case studies from their own trials and successes.

Last Updated on 01/14/2016

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