NACSW Online Continuing Education

Lobbying Against Poverty: School Breakfast as a Political Case Study
Length: 1.0 CEUs
Primary Audience:
  • Social Workers, Students
  • Human Services Workers
Practice Level(s):
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

Training Format: Video-based
Number of CE Hours: 1.0

Jason Sabo, MA 
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Course Outline

This session examines the politics of poverty and hunger at the Texas Capitol and beyond. It utilizes the 2013 expansion of school breakfast by the Texas Legislature as a case study of building bi-partisan and broad support for anti-hunger public policies. This session's presenter, Jason Sabo, works for the hunger advocacy organization, Children at Risk, which lobbies the Texas and other state legislatures for children's rights and advises numerous foundations on advocacy grant making.


  • Direct Practice: Groups and Communities
  • Public Administration and Policy

Sample Content

Learning Objectives
As a result of this training, participants will be able to:

1. Articulate 2-3 successful rules for successful lobbying

2. Describe 2-3 effective strategies for engaging with elected officials

3. Identify several ways to ensure advocacy messages are heard and remembered by officials, the media, and the public


Click on the "showDOC" button in the Course Outline section (above) to view the training PowerPoint.


Jason Sabo is a consultant and speaker on political and legislative strategy, high impact philanthropy, and nonprofit effectiveness. Jason specializes in assisting organizations develop advocacy and grant making strategies for challenging fiscal and political circumstances.

Jason is the Founder of Frontera Strategy, a public affairs consulting firm serving nonprofits, philanthropists, and others interested in advancing sound public policies. He has developed successful political and communications campaigns on behalf of nonprofit organizations for more than a decade. Jason's clients have included education, economic development, human services, and criminal justice organizations throughout the United States and internationally. He has also trained thousands of nonprofit and foundation professionals on advocacy and political strategy and is a frequent keynote speaker.

Prior to launching Frontera, Jason worked at the Texas Capitol as a policy analyst and lobbyist for nonprofit organizations, including United Ways of Texas. He has worked as a teacher and has coordinated community-based youth employment, dropout prevention, and immigrant family literacy programs. Jason received a Master's degree in History from Indiana University.

Jason has been named Advocate of the Year by the Houston and Austin Associations for the Education of Young Children and is a Fellow of the Center for Lobbying in the Public Interest and the Center for Public Policy Dispute Resolution. He was named a Public Interest Rising Star by OMB Watch in Washington, D.C. Jason serves on the Board of Directors of the Austin Children's Shelter and the Advisory Board of ReadyNation, a business partnership for early childhood and economic success.

CE Accreditation Information

NACSW, provider #1078, is approved as a provider for social work continuing education by The Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB), phone: 800-225-6880, through the Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program valid 1/27/18 – 1/27/21. NACSW maintains sole responsibility for the program. The North American Association of Christians in Social Work (NACSW) is also recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #SW-0479. Social Workers will receive 1.0 continuing education clock hour(s) for participating in this training. It is the responsibility of participants to contact their licensing boards to verify that this training, as a distance education session, meets their jurisdictional standards for continuing education credit and/or licensure renewal.

Requirements for Earning Continuing Education Contact Hours

Requirements to earn continuing education contact hours for home-study courses include: a) engaging with all the required materials provided by this training; b) completing and submitting an on-line evaluation of this session; c) receiving a grade of 80% or better on the “open-book” post-workshop quiz. Session participants who meet these three requirements will receive a continuing education contact hour certificate from NACSW on-line immediately following their completion of this course.

Registration Fee and Refunds

The registration fee covers engaging in all the required materials provided by the on-line training as well as costs associated with maintaining the website which supports the training materials, as well as CE certificate administration. Refunds, minus a $25 administrative fee, are available upon request within 15 days of purchasing/enrolling in a training. No refunds or exchanges are available once the training quiz has been opened.

Grievance Procedure

Any individual who has a complaint regarding any aspect of this training should communicate in writing to the executive director of NACSW within 30 days after having completed the training. The executive director will conduct a review and respond in writing within 30 days of receiving this complaint. For more information, contact the NACSW office at or 203-270-8780.

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Because this is a home study training session, there is no direct contact and/or communication between the individual taking this training and the session speaker. Interactivity for this training consists of the interaction between a person registered for this training session and the materials and content offered in this session.

Contact Information

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