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New initiative encourages seniors and their loved ones to ‘use their voice’ to advocate on important issues through workshops and social media
November 30, 2011 (San Diego) --  Seniors First San DiegoTM, an advocacy program of Senior Community Centers, announces a schedule of workshops for seniors and their loved ones to use their voice to advocate on important issues, such as care giving, entitlement benefits such as social security and Medicare, transportation, housing and more.
The organization offers two types of workshops: Senior Advocacy Workshops andAdvocacy 101 Workshops. Senior Advocacy Workshops provide advocacy education to empower people with the knowledge and confidence to become advocates in their communities. These workshops are held throughout San Diego County and can be requested by any group, housing association, or civic group working with seniors.
Advocacy 101 Workshops are specifically for organizations working with older adult populations. These workshops provide the expertise of Paul Downey, president and CEO, Senior Community Centers. Downey, who is also the president of the National Association of Aging Services and Programs (NANASP), leads discussions to bring organizations together to learn and discuss overall advocacy strategies, tactics and an opportunity to network with other organizations facing similar challenges.
The next opportunity to get involved is:
Tues., Dec. 6 from 12:30 p.m. to 2 p.m. for the Advocacy 101 Workshop at Sunnyside Branch Community Meeting Room, Bonita Public Library, 4375 Bonita Road, Bonita (91902). Join Paul Downey, president/CEO of Senior Community Centers, and president of National Association of Aging Services and Programs (NANASP), as he shares his insight and expertise in advocacy. This event is free and open to the public. Lunch will be served.
To request a workshop for your organization or to find out more about Seniors First San Diego, please email Christina Griffith at or call (619) 487-0743.

About Seniors First San Diego:
A collaboration of Senior Community Centers and the Leichtag Family Foundation, Seniors First San Diego builds upon the advocacy efforts of Paul Downey, president and CEO, Senior Community Centers, who is considered one of the nation’s thought leaders on aging issues. Funding for Seniors First San Diego comes from the Leichtag Family Foundation, who awarded Senior Community Centers a three-year, $400,000 grant to provide advocacy education and workshops. Within the first year, the goal is to train hundreds of San Diego County residents, empowering them with the knowledge and confidence to become advocates in their communities.


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