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Code 6.04 Advocates, Inc.

1514 Sylvan Way
Louisville, Kentucky 40205
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Liz Martin

Contact Person if not President or Executive Director

Lacey McNary

Board Member

Grant Request ($ Amount)

$25,000.00

Project Title

Code 6.04 Professional Advocacy Training Curriculum Pilot

Project Begin Date

10/01/2020

Project End Date

09/30/2021

Name

Jaime Thompson

CEO

Date

08/10/2020

PROJECT DESCRIPTION AND BUDGET

1. Describe the proposal in a detailed narrative of services and benefits it will provide in improving standards of living and opportunities, meeting social purposes or responding to needs.

Code 6.04 Advocates, Inc. is a nonpartisan, 501c3 (nonprofit) organization, that is focused on creating a global advocacy network through technology, to improve the effectiveness of advocacy plans and tactics in a polarized modern society.

We are seeking funding for the creation and evaluation of a new project that we have been conceiving of for over a year.
We are ready to execute our plans to design and pilot a comprehensive online advocacy curriculum.

We already have a plan for development of a set of products and services that intertwine to build a trained, powerfully engaged global advocacy network of social workers and other interested citizens. The result will be a global web of driven, connected, and effective advocates whose focus is to address disparities for many vulnerable populations worldwide.

We will offer virtual certification training, zoom based communication forums, and a mobile app in partnership with the University of New Mexico’s Project ECHO model. The ECHO Global impact may be reviewed here: https://echo.unm.edu/echos-impact.

The model and partnership with Project ECHO allows Code 6.04 Advocates, Inc to access and utilize the following resources to produce advocacy results.
Our plan is to design a curriculum to train the advocates in tandem with the growing global network using the Project ECHO 4 step model detailed below:

Amplification: use Technology to leverage scarce advocacy resources
Share Best Practices to reduce disparity
Case Based Learning to master advocacy complexity
Web-based Database to monitor advocacy Outcomes

Code 6.04 Advocates, Inc. is committed to addressing the needs of the most vulnerable populations by equipping advocates with the right knowledge, right skills and abilities at the right place, at the right time, in real time.

2. Attach your Project Budget.

08.10.2020.PB_.Code-6.04-Advocates.pdf

3. Provide a narrative that clearly defines how Kentucky Social Welfare Foundation funds will be used and accounted for in relation to the Narrative above. Provide the start dates and timelines for tasks.

The funding from KSWF will allow Code 6.04 Advocates to begin our pilot (10/01/2020), which is very exciting for us to come closer to realizing our goal to launch this part of our organization's programming.

We anticipate the curriculum and development of an online academy to take about six months.
Once we have the curriculum online (04/01/2021), we will pilot the tool with about 50-75 advocate trainees over the course of three months. During this time we will be gathering data needed to evaluate the pilot and we will spend another three months processing the findings and documenting changes that need to be made before the official launch of the program in the fall 2021. The pilot participants will be chosen using our current Social Work and advocacy networks across the country.

The goal of the curriculum is to “certify” advocates using promising and best practices in the field of advocacy.

The attached agency budget, required for this proposal, lists Code 6.04 Advocate’s current income and projected expenses. Given the fact that Code 6.04 Advocates recently became a 501c3 organization, we are still building our income, and at this point, our expenses outweigh our current income. We are aggressively fundraising for our organization and are developing a robust and comprehensive fund development plan for the next 12 months. This plan includes a diverse strategy of grants, donations, fee for service contracts, and earned revenue.

AGENCY DESCRIPTION

4. Describe your agency’s service area with regard to population, cultural, racial and ethnic makeup.

With regard to describing the population, cultural, racial, and ethic makeup of those persons who will benefit from our programs and activities, our organization aims to include all marginalized, oppressed, and vulnerable people in Kentucky, the United States, and across the globe.
Advocates engaged in Code 6.04’s programming will be provided with tools and education that will increase their capacities to ensure that all people in society can have their voices heard. Groups such as youth, older adults, persons with different abilities/disabilities, human trafficking victims, and ethnic and religious minorities are just a few vulnerable groups that advocates aim to serve. Protecting and promoting these groups’ rights when decisions are being made about their lives is paramount in advocacy. At the core of advocacy is the ongoing drive to act and speak on behalf of another so that their needs and experiences are recognized.

We will use advocacy that works, helps those to rise up, that meets the outliers, and directly impacts change for the world’s most vulnerable populations building from the old to a new advocacy style – “Disruptive Advocacy”. We are creating the inroad for thinkers, listeners, doers and innovators to create real change that is applicable and effective in a modern-day society. We aim to train, build and connect a first of its kind advocacy network across disciplines.

5. Indicate total number of paid staff and total number of volunteers.

Code 6.04 Advocates, Inc. was born from the ideas and shared passion for educating and training advocates. The four founders are committed to building and growing the organization, and have not been paid for their time and conceptual work.
Our organization is in the development stages and has signed an agreement to partner with University of New Mexico Project ECHO. A promising connection to assist Code 6.04 with our goal to move knowledge.

6. List the goals and objectives of your agency.

Code 6.04 Advocates, Inc. overarching goal is to create a global advocacy network through technology, to improve the effectiveness of advocacy plans and tactics in a polarized modern global society.

Our Mission: Code 6.04 Advocates, Inc. is a nonpartisan 501c3 (nonprofit) organization that is focused on creating a global advocacy network through technology to improve the effectiveness of advocacy plans and tactics in a polarized modern global society. We will use advocacy that works, helps those to rise up, that meets the outliers, and directly impacts change for the world’s most vulnerable populations building from the old to a new advocacy style – Disruptive Advocacy. We are creating the inroad for thinkers, listeners, doers and innovators to create real change that is applicable and effective in a modern-day society. We aim to train, build and connect a first of its kind advocacy network across disciplines.

Our Vision: Urgency is the mother of Innovation and Code 6.04 Advocates, Inc. is the solution for advocates to-be to connected worldwide. Code 6.04 Advocates, Inc. will complete our products and opportunities in partnership with the University of New Mexico’s established Project ECHO model. The organization will move knowledge, which moves people and subsequently grows social capital: the power of people. Code 6.04 Advocates, Inc. is committed to addressing the needs of the most vulnerable populations by equipping advocates with the right knowledge, right skills and abilities at the right place, at the right time, in real time. All in a setting that fits our current day societal operations and emulates an already successful University of New Mexico’s Project ECHO model used in other arenas in the world.

We share the organizational goals established during our strategic planning process below:

Goal 1: To virtually train and certify social workers and citizens with the skills to enhance individuals who publicly support or recommend a particular cause or policy - through advocacy.
Objective 1: Early development of “Advocacy 101” learning management system - online based training (synchronous and asynchronous design) in an effort to coincide with the launch of code 6.04 Advocates, Inc. Followed by 2-4 Zoom conversations.
Objective 2: Development of an advocacy toolkit that enhances curriculum.
Objective 3: Design multi-level advocacy training curriculum (Basic, Intermediate, Proficient, Exemplary, Expert, Teacher/Trainer)
Objective 4: Build a learning management system based multi-level curriculum (Basic, Intermediate, Proficient, Exemplary, Expert, Teacher/Trainer)
Objective 5: Determine cost to end user of this multi-level curriculum training.

Goal 2: To connect a global network of highly knowledgeable advocates via the “Disruptive Advocates” app.
Objective 1: Gain knowledge of the capacity of a mobile app designed to connect advocates on a global scale.
Objective 2: Design a mobile app that connects and communicates with advocates on a global scale.
Objective 3: Determine cost to purchase or download the “Disruptive Advocates” the app

Goal 3: To create a regular “disruptive advocates” communication forum using the zoom (Project ECHO) platform.
Objective 1: Design a Code 6.04 Advocates, Inc. website.
Objective 2: Design the topical flow of the “disruptive advocates” conversations via zoom platform.
Objective 3: Design a timeline for the “disruptive advocates” conversations (in tandem with the unfolding training? Or connected to an actual Code 6.04 cohort being trained? Or both)
Objective 4: Be strategic about who is invited to the zoom ”disruptive advocates” conversions (are they available only to those trained via Code 6.04 only? Given we want to bring in income through online training…)

Goal 4: Evaluation and outcomes: measurement of performance

Objective 1: Utilize Project ECHO’s already created evaluation system.
Objective 2: Measure knowledge gained by the end user in the various styles of advocacy.
Objective 3: Enter participation data into Project ECHO’s system (interactive maps https://echo.unm.edu/data/movement) to assist in the collective goal of helping a billion people gain knowledge in various disciplines by 2025.
Objective 4: Use the many resources afforded by Project ECHO partnership - sample tools.

Goal 5: Marketing Code 6.04 Advocates, Inc.

Objective 1 : Brand Development and website design.
Objective 2: Launch of Code 6.04 Advocates, Inc.
Objective 3: Develop a social media presence (Facebook, Twitter, Linkedin, etc.)
Objective 4: Once launched co-founders move to defined roles, add Code 6.04 to individual Linkedin sites, etc.
Objective 5: Harness the global connection to ECHO hubs https://echo.unm.edu/echos-impact

Goal 6: Funding Timeline and sustainability

Objective 1: Know and document the fiscal value of the ECHO in-kind partnership (4 account reps, 1 IT staff person, PERL library of resources, zoom license). This amount should be illustrated in budgets to potential funders.
Objective 2: Grant searches and timelines of proposal and LOI due dates on a tracking system.
Objective 3: Need at least 4 board members for our organization which gives more stability to proposals and LOIs, and explains the 4 founders' roles more clearly.

REASONS FOR REQUESTING GRANT

7. Describe why this project is needed and how it implements the purpose of the Kentucky Social Welfare Foundation.

COde 6.04 Advocates is specifically aligned with the KSWF’s purpose to support and fund “demonstrations of progressive and effective methods, for self-help and training.”
Advocacy is a learned skill which can be practiced in a plethora of settings like from our homes, on the streets, or in legislatures, Congress and systems across the state and nation.
COde 6.04 Advocates is specifically aligned with the KSWF’s purpose to support and fund “demonstrations of progressive and effective methods, for self-help and training.”
Advocacy is a learned skill which can be practiced in a plethora of settings like from our homes, on the streets, or in legislatures, Congress and systems across the state and nation.
Noting that our founders are well versed in macro social work which is a broad field that centers on the investigation of larger scale social problems, and the development and implementation of social interventions that aim to effect positive change at the community, state, and national levels. Macro means large-scale or big. In social work, it involves the ability to see and intervene in the big picture, specifically with larger systems in the socioeconomic environment. Macro social work practice can include collaboration with consumers to strengthen and maximize opportunities for people at the organizational, community, societal, and global levels. Indeed, many social workers would argue that it is the macro level—the attention given by social workers to the big social issues of importance to consumers—that distinguishes social work from other helping professions.
A large number of our fellow social workers, citizens and vulnerable populations have become too frustrated by policy outcomes or disillusioned by partisan bickering to participate in the change process.
It is imperative that people at any age beyond macro social workers learn about the political process by taking-action on specific issues in their communities. Just like science classes are supplemented with labs, to be effective, advocacy training must be designed for the agency staff/learner/students’ actual communities. Though addressing political issues, the pedagogy and discipline of activating an advocacy network are decidedly nonpartisan and can serve to address the diverse students/citizens/agencies and needs of communities across the country.

8. How did you identify the need that is addressed by the proposed project?

This non-profit and the framework it was built on are connected to the following beliefs:

*Advocacy and policy practice, to meet the basic needs of vulnerable populations, are core responsibilities of social workers.
*Social justice and reduction of health and race disparities are the outcomes we propose to achieve through our Code 6.04 advocacy work.
*Transferability of advocacy skills is a global phenomena.
*In partnership with Project ECHO, utilizing technology tools and innovative training approaches will be the Code 6.04 medium for learning, building a global advocacy network and for relationship development.
*Now more than ever, effective advocacy and finding common ground in a polarized society, is essential for success.

A large number of our fellow social workers, citizens and vulnerable populations have become too frustrated by policy outcomes or disillusioned by partisan bickering to participate in the change process. Social workers are eager and ready to engage in advocacy work in their professional work and need skills and tools to be effective.
Noting that our founders are well versed in macro social work which is a broad field that centers on the investigation of larger scale social problems, and the development and implementation of social interventions that aim to effect positive change at the community, state, and national levels. Macro means large-scale or big. In social work, it involves the ability to see and intervene in the big picture, specifically with larger systems in the socioeconomic environment. Macro social work practice can include collaboration with consumers to strengthen and maximize opportunities for people at the organizational, community, societal, and global levels. Indeed, many social workers would argue that it is the macro level—the attention given by social workers to the big social issues of importance to consumers—that distinguishes social work from other helping professions.

9. Does any other organization in your community serve this need?

No other organization in Kentucky or the United States is focusing on the advocacy mission and activities of this organization.

Code 6.04 Advocates, Inc. will have a set of products and services that intertwine to build a powerfully engaged macro social worker as an advocate, along with and not limited to interested citizens who desire to become effective advocates. The result will be a nationwide web of driven, connected, and effective advocates in an organized network whose focus is to address disparities for many vulnerable Americans.

Code 6.04 will deliver a comprehensive model of services with the aim to educate and connect advocates across the state of Kentucky and across the country. Our programs target professional social workers, yet our products and services are also a fit for advancing other advocacy and grassroots groups’ knowledge and capacities.
These include:
Certification Program
Podcast
Advocacy Toolkit
Research
Network Development
Organizational technical assistance

10. If so, what distinguishes your agency’s services from others?

Over 100 years collectively of teaching, training and advocacy experience of the Code 6.04 Founders.
Our partnership with Project ECHO is unique and provides an evidenced based training model which produces results.

PROJECT FOLLOW UP

11. Describe how you will measure outcomes of this proposal.

Code 6.04 will design an evaluation for the pilot project that will use a mixed methods approach based on Project ECHO’s evaluation system. We will use a participant post-survey of the curriculum and will also conduct multiple interviews with pilot project participants. We will be asking questions about quality of content, marketing, layout, format, rigor, and scalability of the curriculum.

12. After the grant funds are expended, describe how you will assure continuation of grant-funded services or equipment maintenance.

Code 6.04 will use this year to continually modify and strengthen the curriculum and will work with our global partner, Project ECHO, to market the curriculum broadly. We know that there are over 30,000 social work graduates a year in the US, so there is a solid base of potential new graduates to tap into to participate in our program. We are developing a comprehensive diverse fund development plan that will be more fleshed out during the next year. The plan includes the following elements:
Foundation grants (National, Regional, State, Family, and Local)
Contracts: organizational (non-profits, philanthropies, C4s, grassroots efforts) contracts for advocacy evaluation, training, assessments, and planning services; University contracts; and State NASW chapters
Earned Revenue through Subscriptions, Memberships, Tuition, and Sale of toolkits
Donations (annual campaign, ongoing donation button, and give for good)
In-kind time of the four Code 6.04 co-founders.

FINANCIAL INFORMATION

13. Attach your AGENCY BUDGET showing all financial resources.

08.10.2020.AB_.Code604Advocates.pdf

14. What fees or charges are made by the organization for its services?

None at this time.
We intend to make information and tools accessible to all.
Tuition and Fees for participants wishing to engage in the training certification program or other educational opportunities will be set in future, with a sliding scale and scholarships available to those who require it.

15. What percent of the organization’s budget is used for fund-raising?

0%

16. What percent of the organization’s budget is used for administrative costs?

We anticipate no more than 10%.

17. If applicant has received prior grants from the Kentucky Social Welfare Foundation, provide dates, amounts, purposes and outcomes.

We have not received funding from the Kentucky Social Welfare Foundation.

18. Attach your IRS 501(c)(3) tax designation letter.

08.10.2020.501.Code-604-Advocates-Inc.pdf

19. Attach your 990 or 990-PF federal tax return.

08.10.2020.990.Code-604-Advocates.pdf

20. Attach any additional documents you wish to include with this application.
  • 08.10.2020.PLAN_.Code604Advocates.pdf
  • 08.10.2020.letterofsupprt2.Code604Advocates.pdf
  • 08.10.2020.letterofsupport1.Code604Advocates.pdf

Entry ID473

Entry DateAugust 10, 2020