The Advocate in Action Award was created in 2007 to acknowledge the involvement of PTA members in their child’s education as well as in their PTA. 


Each applicant must be a PTA member who has participated in at least 8 of the 20 activities listed on the application. Activities range from attending PTA meetings regularly, to service as an officer or chair, to writing articles or letters to legislators, to speaking at a meeting of the Board of Education, to attending a parent-teacher conference. The unit president is not required to validate any of the statements of the applicant, other than to confirm that the applicant is a member of the PTA unit.


Advocate in Action awards can be self-nominated or submitted by the unit president or region director, who sends it to the New York State PTA office on behalf of each applicant, including how the award certificates are to be sent to the recipient. The application may be duplicated as necessary for additional applicants.

Personalized certificates are prepared for each award recipient. These certificates, suitable for framing, contain the signature of the New York State PTA president. The certificate(s) can be emailed at no charge to the email address specified on the application, or hard copies of the certificate(s) for a nominal charge of $2 per certificate, payable to NYS PTA.

Applications may be submitted at any time throughout the year. Please allow up to 4 weeks for receipt of certificates.

Advocate in Action Online Submission Form 2023

Advocate in Action Mail in Submission Form 2023 

To avoid longer mail delays, you can opt to submit your application(s) (where available) via Google Form and pay using a credit card at this link: (Please note a credit card processing fee will be added in the amount of .59 cents per transaction plus 3.95% at checkout.).