Flashback Friday: From Across the Nation, One Voice for Kids

Theo Ouendraogo, a graduate student and SCAN intern, at the capitol
Theo Ouendraogo from South Carolina attended the 2017 Summit

This Friday, we’re flashing back to last year’s Advocacy Summit, a three-day event that brought more than 200 advocates from around the U.S. to Washington D.C. to advocate for kids. 

Summit participants were busy—they attended workshops and trainings on how to be an effective advocate, met with their elected officials and gained plenty of inspiration along the way, particularly from the powerful keynotes. 

Save the Children Board Chair Dr. Jill Biden gave one of those memorable talks. She opened up about the range of experiences she’s had, from meeting children living in poverty in Nairobi, Kenya to working with communities in Linden, Tennessee. She closed by saying how her time with Save the Children reminded her how important it is to invest in children.

Jonathan Capehart of The Washington Post also spoke to our advocates about the importance of making their voices heard. “Your job is to remind lawmakers that children’s issues are not partisan issues,” he said.

We know that job is ongoing—and we’re committed to taking action. In just over a week, more than 250 advocates will once again congregate in D.C. to collaborate, learn and make their voices heard on behalf of children in the U.S. and around the world. We’re looking forward to talking with members of Congress about our major asks this year: robust funding for Head Start, Child Care Development Block Grants and other early leaning programs in the U.S. and to cosponsor the Reach Every Mother and Child Act to help end preventable deaths of moms and kids around the world.

Children can’t lobby for themselves, but the issues they face demand attention. By joining together as one voice for kids, our advocates are ensuring that those issues get directly to those with the power to enact positive change. 

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Sarah Siguenza is the Manager, Web Editor for Save the Children Action Network (SCAN). She is passionate about ensuring that every child has the opportunity to live up to their potential. Sarah previously worked for the United Nations Foundation and InterAction – the largest coalition of U.S.-based nonprofits – and is excited to use digital communications to advance SCAN’s mission.