Advocacy Summit 2012: Highlights

Advocates from Around the Country Raise Their Voices for Children on Capitol Hill

Save the Children's 10th annual Advocacy Summit was held in Washington DC on March 20-21 to help create real and lasting change in the United States and around the world. We are so excited about the many achievements that resulted from the efforts of our volunteer advocates and youth activists. Here are the highlights:

Children support Advocacy Day in Washington D.C.
Save the Children volunteer advocates sent a powerful message that constituents care about this issue, and in particular U.S. youth do not want to see cuts that impact youth around the world.

Power in Numbers

  • More than 270 participants from 26 states and six countries traveled to Capitol Hill to make the case for investments in the nutritional needs of all children.
  • Together we visited more than 140 congressional offices, educating policymakers and building momentum for a greater focus on malnutrition.
  • Thousands joined us online for our first ever Virtual Advocacy Summit, supporting our efforts on Capitol Hill by emailing Congress and raising awareness on Facebook and Twitter.
  • Thanks to the efforts of our volunteers, 11 Senators and 53 member of the House of Representatives agreed to send letters to congressional leadership supporting investments in nutrition and child and maternal health!
Alex Wolff, Michael Wolff, House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi, Congressman Steve Cohen ( D-TN) and Carolyn Miles, Save the Children President & CEO.
Nickelodeon star Alex Wolff, his father Michael Wolff, House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi, Congressman Steve Cohen ( D-TN) and Carolyn Miles, Save the Children President & CEO on Capitol Hill (L to R). Photo credit: Susan Warner / Save the Children

Youth Advocating for Youth

  • This year's Advocacy Summit brought more young people to Washington than ever before – with many participating in our first Youth Advocacy Workshop.
  • Nearly 100 students from all over the United States helped Save the Children send a powerful message that young people are willing and passionate advocates for the rights and needs of children everywhere.
  • As part of the Youth Advocacy Workshop, a number of students wrote blog posts, shot videos and designed visual media to help spread the word about the malnutrition crisis children face globally. Seewhat they did

We think they deserve an "A" for their advocacy efforts!

This is Just the Beginning

Students from Saint Francis International School learn online advocacy skills and send letters to their legislators during the Summit. Photo credit: Susan Warner/ Save the Children
Students from Saint Francis International School learn online advocacy skills and send letters to their legislators during the Summit. Photo credit: Susan Warner/ Save the Children

We need volunteers like you to continue to raise your voice on behalf of these important issues affecting children. Here are a few things that you can do to continue advocating with Save the Children. Come to the Virtual Advocacy Summit Online

On behalf of Save the Children, thank you again for your willingness to be a voice for children in need. With your sustained efforts, we can ensure that Congress makes the needs of children everywhere one of its highest priorities!

Last updated April 2013

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