Every year, we bring together supporters from around the country to call on our elected leaders to invest in kids. This year, we flew in more than 200 advocates for two days of sessions, speakers and meetings with their representatives. These are some of our favorite moments:
Save the Children Board Chair Dr. Jill Biden gave keynote remarks on Monday, March 27. She shared with us how her life experiences – from talking with children living in poverty in Nairobi, Kenya to Linden, Tennessee – have reinforced her understanding that investing in children helps make America a stronger country.
Jonathan Capehart of The Washington Post 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,” Capehart said.
Emily Formea from Illinois and Stacie Hendricks from Iowa were named our Student Advocate and Advocate of the Year, respectively.
We caught Senator John McCain in the hall of Russell Senate Office Building!
Graduate student Theo Ouendraogo flew to D.C. from South Carolina for this year’s Summit. “Advocacy is a long process,” Theo said during the event, “so we need to keep pushing and keep going.”
Our Granite Staters met with Senator Hassan and discussed the importance of early childhood education and global health.
Our South Carolina advocates Kelly, Adrienne and Katy met with Representative Mark Sanford. “Give me one fact I don’t know,” Sanford said. Kelly Walker, left, replied: “Every day, over 800 mothers die in childbirth and over 16,000 kids die from preventable causes like malnutrition and diarrhea.”
Our supporters from Iowa met with Senator Chuck Grassley (rear of photo). Advocate Matt Bennett, far right, said: “Senator Grassley mentioned before the meeting that he only had 10 minutes before he had to go to a vote. But we actually got to spend 20 minutes with him. He made us feel welcome.”