Featured Partner: Community Action Partnership of Orange County (CAPOC) at ENACT Day!
ENACT Day 2016 brought leaders from across California together in Sacramento to advocate for healthy communities. Traveling from Orange County, Rosalina Cisneros and Maria Alvarez attended ENACT Day for the first time. Here is what they had to say about the day:What was your favorite part about attending ENACT Day?Rosalina:
I had never been there before so it was a great experience to have an opportunity to talk to the people who are representing you. They had a nice attitude receiving us. It was one of the best parts that they were available to talk to us. It was really easy! Did you feel prepared attending your visits?Maria:
Yes, with all of the information that we received and the practice I think yes. What did inspire me is, like since I do not speak good English, I felt very comfortable speaking with the representatives that spoke Spanish! From your perspective, why are events like ENACT Day (that focus on advocacy and holding meetings with representatives) important?Rosalina:
One of the best parts is that they let somebody from that community come. It’s so nice that we had the opportunity to talk to them. I was telling my friends, “we have the right to talk to them about our needs”. And not only me, everybody can do it!Maria:
Well, it’s important because the people that don’t have a way to get the information about how laws are made and the processes - people from the outside - we don’t understand the government and realization of laws and it’s important because we can help laws pass and influence legislators to support. How will you be able to use what you learned at ENACT Day now that you are back home?Rosalina:
I am always involved in the church and the Boys and Girls Club, lots of things. People have known me for 30 years in this community so it’s easy for me to talk to people in the community and share what I learned to help our families.Maria:
First point, with my own family to teach them how laws work and how they pass and also communicating it with the other parents and sharing the information so they know too. Also sharing that these programs and events exist. Final thoughts?Rosalina:
I just hope that everything we did has good results, because if not, we can go again and try it again and again, it’s no problem!
We couldn’t agree more! Rosalina and Maria are parents with the Community Action Partnership of Orange County’s Peer to Peer program
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