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Advocacy Update: Ways you can engage in advocacy in 2015

By Amanda Mootz, World Vision Advocacy Mobilization Specialist

Photo: World Vision

Photo: World Vision

Happy New Year!  For those of you I have not yet had the privilege of meeting, I want to extend a virtual handshake (and a hug!) and let you know how excited the World Vision Advocacy team is to partner with you in 2015!  As the Advocacy Mobilization Specialist, I have the privilege of working with your chapters to train and equip you for effective advocacy engagement and to connect you with advocacy opportunities throughout the year.

As you continue to make plans for your chapters in 2015, I encourage you to include advocacy as a way your chapter responds to the needs of the poor and vulnerable around our world.  Even if your chapter has never engaged in advocacy before, we want to help you get started!

Here are a few ideas of ways your chapter can deepen its involvement in advocacy and skill level in the year ahead:

  • Biblical Advocacy Trainings: For those who follow our advocacy blog, you may have noticed some recent posts by Rev. Alexia Salvatierra about biblical advocacy. World Vision is pleased to offer half-day or full-day advocacy trainings with Rev. Salvatierra to develop biblical advocacy skills in depth. Email me at amootz@worldvision.org if you’re interested.
  • Vision Trips to Washington, D.C.: This year, we are pleased to offer vision trips for your chapter to our nation’s capital! D.C. Vision Trips are a unique opportunity for a select group of women to learn more about World Vision’s advocacy work, receive biblical advocacy training, and meet in person with their representatives in Congress about the needs of the global poor. Email me at amootz@worldvision.org if you’re interested in planning this type of experience for your chapter in the fall.
  • Request an advocacy speaker: World Vision has many qualified speakers who are willing and able to come meet with your chapter and speak about various advocacy topics. Email Jeanie Ralphs if you’d like to request a speaker for a future event and she will work closely with our team to find the perfect match!

Keep watching this space for advocacy opportunities for your chapter – as the news Congress begins to settle in for the year, World Vision is finalizing its 2015 advocacy priorities. However, you can expect a focus on child protection and maternal and child health, along with adequate funding for poverty-focused development assistance. Stay tuned!

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