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Getting Started Guide

Dear New State Ambassador,

Welcome, and congratulations on joining the State Ambassador Program at CommonSense American. We are thrilled to have you with us as we strive to bridge the gap between citizens and their representatives, fostering a collaborative environment for policy-making.

As a State Ambassador, you hold the prestigious responsibility of representing the voices of your community to legislative staff. Your role is pivotal in ensuring that the results of our research and surveys reach the decision-makers, influencing policy in a way that reflects the collective interest of the people.

This guide will equip you with the necessary knowledge and tools to excel in your role. It includes detailed training modules that will help you understand our methodologies and communication strategies, as well as insights into effectively engaging with legislative staff.

In the pages ahead, you’ll learn about:

  • Navigating Our Tools: A step-by-step guide to using our platforms and resources.
  • Engagement Strategies: Best practices for setting up and conducting meetings with legislative staff.
  • Communicating Results: How to clearly and effectively share results and insights from the brief.
  • Building Relationships: Tips for maintaining long-term relationships with legislative stakeholders.

Your commitment to serving as a State Ambassador demonstrates your dedication to making a tangible difference. We are here to support you every step of the way. Thank you for your willingness to serve and for your commitment to our cause. Together, we can make common sense common again.

Best regards,

The CSA Team

What is the Ambassador Tools Page?

Mary walks you through the Ambassador Tools Page.

How do I create an email signature and Google Profile?

Steele will guide you in setting up your CSA Google Profile and Email Signature.

What is a Congressional Tracker and how do I use it?

Jack will walk you through the Congressional Tracker.

How do I schedule a congressional meeting?

Holi shows you how to use your email templates to setup and schedule congressional meetings.

Successfully using Zoom!

Jason teaches the basics of Zoom and some tips for preparing your environment for your first brief.

Reporting on the brief - How did it go?

Ariana will show you what to do after the brief is complete.

How do I learn more about the CSA members in my area?

Jason walks you through the Membership Dashboard.

Welcome to the Ambassador Program

We have created this guide to help you navigate the Ambassadors Tools Page and prepare you for your role as State Ambassador. We hope these videos adequately answer your questions however, at any time do not hesitate to reach out to us. Your Liaison and Fellow are happy to go over any of this information with you in person over Zoom.

Your Team

As you embark on your journey as a State Ambassador, remember that you are not alone. We encourage you to actively reach out to members of your CommonSense American team whenever you need guidance, support, or simply to share insights and experiences. Our team is here to assist you, ensuring you feel confident and prepared in all aspects of your role. Together, we can achieve remarkable outcomes, so please do not hesitate to contact us at any point during your ambassadorship. We look forward to collaborating with you and supporting your successful contributions to our mission.