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It’s the most unusual addition to—and that’s just what Peggy Piety was looking for.

The new Ydraw animation video featured on the Legislative Staff Services page entertainingly points out that NCSL is your “secret agent.” NCSL can help you be the smartest person in the room with our issue specialists, and get you in the best shape of your life with our skills development program and Legislative Summit, not to mention, which is a treasure trove of information.

“One of the things I wanted to do was work with Karen Hansen (director of NCSL’s Communications and Outreach Division) to give some outreach tools geared to a younger audience and something different that we hadn’t done before just as a change of pace,” said Piety, NCSL’s staff chair and senior staff attorney in Indiana’s Legislative Services Agency.

“We talked about it and Karen learned about the Ydraw software and we decided to do it. Karen, Kristin Shassetz (group director in the Communications and Outreach Division), Karl Aro (NCSL staff vice chair) and I worked on the script,” she said. “The idea was to reach out to legislative staff in a way that would catch their attention and get inspired.

“There are over 20,000 legislative staff and NCSL has a lot of beneficial things to offer and I’m always looking for new and better ways for staff to know about NCSL and connect them so they can do their jobs easier.

“It’s a continuing process every year to be creative in finding new ways of reaching out to staff," Piety said. "We are the resource for legislative staff, we provide programs and services for staff and legislators and provide an opportunity for staff to participation in the management and planning of NCSL’s programs and services.”

Piety’s video welcoming staff to NCSL is also featured on the Legislative Staff Services page.

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