ADVOCACY 101! For Behavioral Health Issues

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Advocacy 101 for Behavioral Health Issues


In preparation for this year’s legislative session and May’s National Mental Health Awareness month, Horizon Healthcare Partners and United Way of Rhode Island are presenting an hour-long virtual, introductory workshop on Advocacy. Participants will learn how to make their voice heard in advocating for change through our state legislative process.

This workshop is designed to educate volunteers who are interested in helping to drive change through public policy to support behavioral health services. No prior experience in advocacy is needed. Topics covered will include: the legislative process, how a bill becomes a law, how you can be heard on issues that are important to you, and what to include in your “ask” to your legislator. Action steps will be presented so that you can feel comfortable advocating for behavioral health funding in Rhode Island.

Trainer: Kyle Bennett

Kyle Bennett, a native of Brooklyn, New York, grew up in Providence, Rhode Island. He has devoted his personal and professional life to lending his time and talents in service to the Rhode Island community. Kyle attended North Carolina A&T State University and Rhode Island College where he studied Electrical Engineering and Secondary Education, Mathematics. Kyle is married to his lovely wife, Eneida Bennett, a corporate paralegal with Hinckley Allen. He is the proud father of a beautiful daughter, Jenneya Bennett.

Kyle is the Director of the Public Policy and Equity for United Way of Rhode Island. In this role, he manages a team of people with a focus on defining challenges for our community and moving equitable policy that addresses the unmet need with an acute focus on Black, Indigenous, People of Color (BIPOC) communities. It is Kyle’s goal to create systems that serve the greater good while helping people with immediate needs that have been historically left behind. His primary focus is to ensure that all Rhode Islanders have a safe, affordable and healthy place to call home.

Prior to working for United Way, Kyle held several community based positions including Director of Black Affairs for the City of Providence and Communications Specialist for the RI Air National Guard. He has served on numerous boards and committees. Currently he is Chair of the RI Housing Resources Commission. Kyle is a Past Master of Celestial Lodge #2, and Grand Senior Warden, Most Worshipful Prince Hall Free and Accepted Masons of the State of Rhode Island.


Advocacy 101
Thursday, March 7th 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

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Wednesday, March 13th 10:00 am – 11:00 pm

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Understanding Behavioral Services for Children in Rhode Island
Tuesday, March 19th, 9:00 am

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Grassroots advocacy is about using your voice to influence policy makers and make a difference. Turn your passion and your lived experience into a positive voice for mental health. QUESTIONS? Email to


Mar 07 2024


12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

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