ACS CAN Announces Leadership Summit and Lobby Day Engagement Opportunity for Millennials

The American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN) is excited to announce a unique opportunity to engage more Millennials in ACS CAN’s work. This opportunity was developed as a collaboration between ACS CAN and The Millennial/ Young Professional Roundtable led by Eustacia Mahoney. The 2016 Leadership Summit and Lobby Day Millennial Advocacy Engagement Opportunity will give 12 people between the ages of 18 and 34 a chance to attend ACS CAN’s annual Leadership Summit and Lobby Day, which will be held in Washington D.C September 11-14.  This event includes training opportunities for ACS CAN staff and volunteers, awards ceremonies to honor them, a day on Capitol Hill lobbying lawmakers and an evening honoring those touched by cancer at ACS CAN’s Lights of HOPE ceremony.

Through this engagement ACS CAN aims to connect with members of an underrepresented group that are interested in becoming advocates in the fight against cancer, which is part of its efforts to build an inclusive organization that represents all Americans with cancer

ACS CAN volunteer Melissa Park, who attended last year’s Leadership Summit and Lobby Day, is an example of how Millennials contribute to ACS CAN’s work during the event.  “Attending the ACS CAN National Leadership Summit and Lobby Day in Washington DC is an incomparable experience, and through it I learned how loud my voice really is,? she said. “My lobby group was made up of the ’usual suspects’: passionate doctors, executives, a judge…  What do I, a 27-year old young professional, bring to this group?  My age!  Because I did not fit the profile of the usual community lobbyist, my group quickly determined that I had the loudest voice and that I was the one the staffers and elected officials wanted to speak to.  When millennials are passionate enough about an issue that they take time off of work and travel across the country to be heard, people are willing to listen.”

ACS CAN will hold an application process to select the 12 participants.  In addition to covering their travel, lodging and meal expenses for Leadership Summit and Lobby Day, selected participants will commit to be an active ACS CAN volunteer for one-year after the event. Specific guidelines about what this entails are included in the 2016 Leadership Summit and Lobby Day Millennial Advocacy Engagement Opportunity Expectations document.

To help promote this opportunity, ACS CAN is asking all American Cancer Society and ACS CAN staff to share this information with their colleagues, partners and anyone else who may be interested in applying.

Applications are due by June 30, 2016 at 5:00 pm EST.  For more information, please contact Rachael Eerdmans at [email protected]


June 13, 2016     ACS CAN Leadership Summit and Lobby Day Millennial Advocacy Engagement Opportunity announced

June 30, 2016     Applications due at 5:00pm EST

July 8                     Selected participants notified

July 21                   Deadline for Leadership Summit and Lobby Day registration


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I was born and raised in Southern Arizona and quickly moved to the mountains after High School -- Flagstaff, AZ! I love traveling, craft beer, and of course Relay! I work for my alma mater - Northern Arizona University - in Student IT Support. Southern California is one of my favorite places to visit - my family and I visit every year for a week on the beach!

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I was asked to volunteer at a Relay event when I was 12 years old as a boy scout in Oro Valley, AZ. After attending my first event, I was hooked! I was a team captain, youth involvement chair, and online chair with my first event, then chaired a Youth Retreat for ACS in the Tucson metropolitan area. After moving to Flagstaff and NAU, I served as a logistics director, online director and then the executive director of the collegiate event for two years!
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