A Teen’s Guide to Advocacy

January 19, 2016By Guest AuthorLearn about Advocacy 3 Comments

I’ll be honest: the first time I walked into Senator Maria Cantwell’s Capitol Hill office with the Save the Children Action Network team, I was incredibly nervous. Wasn’t it strange that a sixteen-year old was about to lobby a political superhero? What could I say that she didn’t already know? I began to doubt what I could really contribute to the effort to save moms and kids. I felt uncertain and out of place.

How Your Advocacy Creates Change

January 15, 2016By Zoey WilsonLearn about Advocacy No Comments

Without you, our advocacy means very little. You are who Congress works for your voice is the voice that matters. In D.C., bills are introduced, but you give those bills momentum to become laws. With you, we have made great strides, helping the Water for the World Act and the Girl Count Act pass! We know these victories are only the start of our voices coming together as one. How does it work though?

How Change Happens on the Hill

January 13, 2016By Zoey WilsonLearn about Advocacy No Comments

When I first started my position with the World Vision USA Advocacy team, I didn’t know much about policy. While I have a background in creative writing and using social media for mobilization, my policy understanding was limited to some terms, the general concept of Congress, and that lobbyists influence Congressional members. Since the goal of my job is to help communicate with you, our advocates, how you can effectively advocate for relevant and pressing issues, I have had to learn a bit about the policy side of things and what it is that our policy advisors actually do on the Hill. Hopefully this post will give you a better idea of the work being done in D.C., who is doing the work, and why it should matter to you!

A Brief History of Advocacy

January 7, 2016By WV AdvocacyLearn about Advocacy 1 Comment

This is the second post in our Advocacy 101 blog series. While advocacy as it is traditionally thought of today, lobbying to government officials to make policy changes, is relatively new in the grand scheme of things, various forms of advocacy have been going on much longer than any formal system — and are still very relevant today. You can see it when looking at history, and even throughout the Bible. What inspired advocacy as it is now, and how does it relate to Christianity?

Feet First

January 5, 2016By Zoey WilsonLearn about Advocacy No Comments

Zoey Wilson is the newest member of the World Vision advocacy team. Last August she jumped in feet first and knows what it is like to take first steps as an advocate. Today she starts to share the basics in the first of our Advocacy 101 blog series. If you would like to take the next step in advocacy, or are just curious about the issues we will be working on this year, join us on Wednesday January 13 for our Grassroots Advocate Conference Call. Click through to sign up!

Five Steps to Bring Justice Advocacy Training to your Church

February 19, 2015By Guest AuthorBiblical Call to Advocacy, Learn about Advocacy No Comments

Doing justice is doable…when you know how. Micah 6:8 has baffled me for years. I’ve always known its message is important to incorporate into my life, but I never understood what it means to “DO justice.” When two workshops on justice were presented by World Vision at my church recently, I attended both to learn more. The first workshop established a foundation for biblical justice, or the “why.” The second workshop on biblical advocacy explained the “how” of advocacy in tangible ways that any layperson can easily implement. Facilitated by biblical advocacy trainer and author Alexia Salvatierra, each workshop was skillfully presented…

Study Shows: Congress Pays Attention to Social Media

February 5, 2015By WV AdvocacyLearn about Advocacy 4 Comments

Last December, one senator put a hold on the Water for the World Act. We put out a call to action and you answered─ with over 300 tweets in a matter of hours! The office responded and before the Senate adjourned that evening, that Water for the World Act was on its way to the President’s desk to be signed into law!

Research backs what we found to be true that day─ Congressional offices pay attention to social media.

A Citizen’s Guide to Advocacy

February 3, 2015By WV AdvocacyLearn about Advocacy 2 Comments

In January, we talked about our biblical call to advocate and seek justice. Pastor Eugene Cho shared that as Christians, we have a commitment to not just talk about justice, but to take action. However, sometimes it is difficult to know how to take the first step. We have put together A Citizen’s Guide to … Read More