Kids may be out of school for the summer, but why should that keep you from learning all summer long? Advocacy impacts issues that affect those in greatest need. From the refugee crisis, to food security, to protecting children from violence, and more – there is a lot to learn about. To help you gain a deeper understanding of these issues and their many facets, we have compiled a list of podcasts and other resources to keep you learning all summer. Don’t worry – there won’t be a final!

A Girl Who Demanded School: In this TED Talk, Kakenya Ntaiya recounts a deal she made with her father to endure a traditional Maasai rite of passage, female circumcision, so he would allow her to go to high school. Learn about her fight to receive an education and how she has brought education to 125 girls in her community.  Watch here.

Hacking Hunger: This podcast is by the World Food Program USA. It brings awareness to issues surrounding hunger, food, and nutrition. In it you will hear from experts, be taken into people’s kitchens, and learn about the progress being made through policies, development workers, and partnership around the world. Listen here.

How Childhood Trauma Affects Health Across a Lifetime: In her TED Talk, pediatrician Nadine Burke Harris explores how violence against children leaves a lasting negative impact across a lifetime. Watch here.

Radio Everyone: Learn about the 17 Global Goals for Sustainable Development by listening to Radio Everyone where musicians, performers, and athletes talk about the Global Goals and why they matter, not just to those in poverty, but to all of us! Scroll through the episodes here.

Science to Feed the Future: Check out this podcast by USAID, which explores how new investments in science can help smallholder farmers. These are just some examples of tools that are being used to address food insecurity. Find out more.

The Refugee Voice: In this podcast, the Jesuit Refugee Service USA shares refugee stories from different countries and their experiences at home and in new and unfamiliar places. These stories share devastation, resilience, and hope for the future. Check it out here.

The World Vision Podcast: This podcast is a great resource for learning about the work that World Vision is doing in the field. Hear from supporters like Patricia Heaton, Carlson Young, John Karna, Mark Foster, and Isom Innis on their first-hand experiences partnering with us to meet the needs of children in extreme poverty. Listen here.

Unlock the Intelligence, Passion, Greatness of Girls: Leymah Gbowee is a Nobel Peace Prize winner from Liberia. In this TED Talk, hear her story of transformation, her experience leading a women’s movement that helped end the Liberian Civil War, and her thoughts on the untapped potential of girls and women. Watch here.

Why are 63 million girls missing out on education?: Girls are at greater risk for not finishing their education than boys. With 63 million girls out of school worldwide, Lucy Lamble, a journalist for The Guardian, visits Zimbabwe to find out why. Learn about the barriers keeping girls from receiving an education.  Listen here.

We hope you find these resources helpful and encouraging. Though there is a long road to end poverty, we have seen progress. You can help continue the movement toward helping the least of these. Visit our issues page to use our pre-drafted emails to Congress.

Please note that though these resources talk about issues we care about and are informative, the opinions in these resources are not necessarily World Vision’s approach. To learn more about our methods, check out our about and resources pages.

Photo: World Vision teaching children at the local school in Antsokia Valley. © 2014 World Vision/ photo by Alexander Whittle

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