Being an advocate for children is easier than you think. Have you ever liked, shared or commented on a children’s issue post? Believe it or not, that’s a form of advocacy. Donated to a children’s services provider or cause? That counts, too!
You’re not alone in thinking advocacy only includes being on the front lines of an issue, voicing your opinion for all to hear. Of course, that is a part of it, but there are many different ways to advocate for what you believe in.
5 Ways to Advocate for Children (or any cause you believe in!)
1. Post. Like. Share. Repeat.
As mentioned, being an advocate can be as simple as liking a post or following an organization’s social media pages. By doing this, you’re signing your name to a cause and showing your followers that you, too, believe in supporting children’s rights and safety. Take it a step further by sharing a post or a page that highlights a children’s rights issue!
Volunteering can be as simple and easy as you’d like it to be. Between mentoring or tutoring, coaching a little league team or volunteering to work church day care for an hour on Sunday – there are so many ways to volunteer your time and have fun while doing so. Plus, volunteering doesn’t have to be done alone! Invite your friends and kids and make a day out of it! Turn volunteering into family time all the while teaching your children social/civic responsibility and the values of kindness and selflessness.
3. Use your connections (or make some more!)
Know a local representative? Get in touch! Advocate for local initiatives, like after school programs and affordable day care. The only way our representatives know what is going on in our communities is if we tell them. Speak up, and let our leaders know the issues at hand so that they may work toward making a change.
4. Attend a Local Event
An easy way to get in touch with community leaders and lawmakers is to attend a local event. Take part in chamber meetings, parent’s night at school, church member discussions or an awareness ceremony. Local events are great opportunities to hear from peers, community representatives and elected officials, and to speak with others about the importance of protecting children.
A big misconception is that donating a dollar or some change doesn’t really help an organization. The truth is, your donation makes a huge impact (no matter the size) and a charity can spread that donation much farther than you think. Not to mention, each dollar adds up over time. Whether you choose to donate money, clothing, toys, or school supplies, each item can make an incredible difference in the life of a child in need.