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Maine Educational Opportunity Association

An organization of professional, associate, and program members working together for equitable access to educational opportunities.

TRIO and GEAR UP Advocacy Day


Maine TRIO project professionals, students and alumni will host tables with information about specific college access services, project outcomes and how to get involved. Legislators are encouraged to meet with project students and staff and learn about how to support TRIO programs and college access in their districts. TRIO students will have the opportunity to tour the State House and Senate and to hear from legislative leaders about the legislative process.


March 10, 2020


Maine State House Hall of Flags, Augusta, ME


8:00am - 11:30am


To increase legislative and fiscal support for college access in Maine through sharing TRIO student success stories and establishing working relationships between TRIO professionals and civic leaders.


TRIO Projects should RSVP with an estimated number from your program to:

Tony Staffiere, at 621-3501 or by email at Please RSVP by February 28, 2020.

Your Advocacy Day To Do:

  • Contact legislators serving your project's district and invite them to meet with you and your students. Find your legislators by town here:

  • Pull together your outcome data from your APR to have on hand to share with your local legislators. (When your project RSVP's, we'll share a sample one-page flyer/format that you can use.

  • Gather up any program brochures, TRIO swag or other items that you would be willing to share.

  • Identify students that are ready and willing to speak about the positive impact of TRIO and share some of their personal story.

  • Charge up your digital camera/phone/video thing-a-ma-gig!

  • Get fired up.

  • Stay tuned - we'll be sharing information soon about displays, posters and tri-fold presentation ideas. This year the lay-out in the hall will be a little different with separate areas to cluster/display by TRIO project: EOC, METS, SSS & UB/UBMS. We'll do some info sharing to make sure the bases are covered in terms of presentation/visuals! We'll also keep you up to date as we confirm speakers and other events to take place including tours of the House & Senate.