Approaching policymakers to advocate for your mission can be intimidating, but know that elected officials are in office to represent your community. They need and want to know what issues are impacting their constituents and you are uniquely suited to do exactly that. I recently delivered this presentation at a conference for nonprofits focused on substance abuse prevention and mental health. I wanted to share it here as well for your use. This presentation and related handout are meant to help you engage with policymakers around your policy issues.