Program is the issues that the state League chooses for concerted study, education and action at local, state and national levels. Program can include both education and advocacy work.
The Program Planning process is part of what makes the League a grassroots organization; each League member has the opportunity to influence the selection of issues where the local, state, and national League will focus time, talent and money. It takes the enthusiasm and interest of our members to keep our program vital. Program Planning is the League’s equivalent of voting in an election; it is each member’s voice!
The process starts with the local League Program Planning, the meeting(s) at which members propose the areas on which they’d like to focus local energy, the energy of other local Leagues in California, and the resources of the state League (staff, board, consultants, and other volunteers) over the next two years.
The Issues for Emphasis that the local League proposes as priorities may be based on current League work or on new topics the local League would like to focus on. The choices could be a new study, an update of an existing League of Women Voters of California position or concurrence with an existing or proposed position.
The League of Women Voters of California board will review all the responses from Leagues across the state, make their recommendations, and then send local Leagues their Recommended Program for review.
The Program Planning process culminates in the delegates’ adoption of the statewide program at the state convention held every two years.