Your Quick Reference Guide

Your compassion and commitment to youth is applauded!
Use this Quick Reference Guide as your go-to source for information about the day. 

Planning Your YIP Rally Day

Attire Dressing appropriately matters. Business attire is the standard practice at the Capitol, but it is optional for visitors. The rule of thumb for you and your youth is to “dress nicely.” You’ll want to look your best for YIP Rally Day at the Capitol.

Parking Plan ahead and decide where to park at the Capitol. There are several parking lots to choose from. Lot AA typically has open spots. Each lot has an automated pay station that accepts cash or a credit card. There is free parking in various locations a few blocks away .

Scheduling and preparing for meetings  Preparation is critical to ensure you convince legislators that Youth Intervention needs to be properly funded. The Meeting with Legislators guide will help you schedule your meetings in advance and plan your talking points for success.

Arrival/Check in Check in between 9:15 am to 9:45 am with our Hospitality Team in the L’ Etoile du Nord Vault (Vault) in the basement of the Capitol. Bring your entire group but have one member check in with the number of attending youth and adults, and which State Legislator(s) you are meeting with.

During Your YIP Rally Day

Pictures Take plenty of photos to share via social media and your newsletters. Capture your experience from the moment you arrive to the time you leave and don’t forget pictures with legislators. Let others share the fun and power you brought to YIP Rally Day.

Pre-rally 9:15 – 9:45 am  We’ll build community by making signs, writing letters to the governor, and amping up our energy. You’ll hear from speakers that will give you last minute instructions and get you fired up! We’ll walk together to the rally and be greeted by high-energy youth performers at 10:20 am.

YIP Rally 10:30 am – 10:50 am When we reach the Rotunda we’ll cheer and clap and make noise so everyone knows how much our youth mean to us. Here’s everything you’ll need to know about the Rally. At approximately 10:50 the youth performers will close out the rally, sending us off to meet with our legislators.

Legislator meetings 11:00 am – till you’re done Carry your energy and commitment to your meetings with legislators. Ask them to commit to help pass legislation that provides additional funding for Youth Intervention via HF 665 and SF 904.

Letters to the Governor You and your youth hand deliver your letters to the Governor’s Office in Room 130 at the Capitol. You can write your letters ahead of time or we’ll have note cards for you in the L’ Etoile du Nord Vault (Vault) check-in area. See more about how to write effective letters.

Social media Connect with your community of adults and youth at the YIP Rally Day via social media. Share the news about your meetings and post pictures of your group. Use #yiprallyday to connect with other YIP Rally Day attendees.

Lunch There are options for dining at the Capitol complexMcDonalds or White Castle are only two blocks away. It is acceptable to bring your own bag lunches.

Bonus activities

  • Take a free guided tour and get an overview of the newly restored Capitol, its history, art, architecture and workings of our state government. Tours leave at the top of the hour and are 45 minutes.
  • Attend a legislative committee meeting or view a floor session and watch the legislation process. House and Senate committee meetings are free, just walk in and sit down.

After Your YIP Rally Day

PR for your agency Earn media coverage for attending the YIP Rally Day and highlight your program’s successes and needs. We know you’re busy so we’ve got a quick and easy press release template with instructions for you.

Share your feedback Take our brief survey to let us know how we can make your YIP Rally Day experience even better next year. There is an adult survey and a youth survey.

See you at the YIP Rally Day at the Capitol!