"Continue to overcome apathy, offering a Christian response to the social and political anxieties, which are arising in various parts of the world. I ask you to be builders of the world, to work for a better world. Dear young people, please, don’t be observers of life, but get involved. Jesus did not remain an observer, but he immersed himself. Don’t be observers, but immerse yourself in the reality of life, as Jesus did." —Pope Francis, July 27, 2013
CRS Global High School is excited to offer a way to help empower your students to get involved in advocating for the rights of our most vulnerable brothers and sisters all around the world. Our Advocacy Education resources provide concrete ways for your students to pray, learn, and act to create change in our world. These resources can be used as a completment to the Catholics Confront Global Poverty Advocacy Toolkit, which can be found at www.confrontglobalpoverty.org/act/toolkit.
Below, you will find a variety of resources to engage students in advocacy. Prayer services, case studies, and activities such as letter writing and hill visits to congressmen and women offer your students the opportunity to understand how much of a difference they can truly make in the world around them.
Participants will learn about what advocacy is and then explore the difference between charity and social justice through this "Two Feet" activity and its accompanying handouts.
What Is Advocacy Activity
Offer students an understanding of why we as Catholics are called to advocate for those whose voices are not being heard in the halls of power.
Why Do We Advocate
Offer students an understanding of why we as Catholics are called to advocate for those whose voices are not being heard in the halls of power and then connect the principles of advocacy to the themes of Pentecost.
Why Do We Advocate Pentecost
Participants will understand how advocacy works at many different levels of government and non-government engagement.
How Does Advocacy Work
Participants will learn about the Girls Count Act and how advocacy played a part in its passage as well as how the strategies used in advocating for the Girls Count Act can be used in advocating for other causes.
Girls Count Case Study
Participants will learn about Catholic high school students who are putting their faith into action through advocacy.
High School Advocacy Profile
Participants will learn about the marginalization of some members of society through identifying different forms of power at work in communities and the understanding the advocacy is about shifting power.
Participants will gain tips and best practices to advocate effectively using social media and then will take the next step by putting those tips into action.
Participants will learn how events and speakers can be effective tools for raising awareness and will then plan a model event according to guidelines .
Participants will gain a greater understanding of the important role that individuals who meet with elected officials play in the overall advocacy mission. They will then role-play meetings with legislators about specific issues.
Congressional Visit Workshop
Participants will gain a greater understanding about the role of letter-writing campaigns in the overall advocacy mission. They will then use provided guidelines to write letters to their respective senators and/or representatives about a specific issue.
Participants will explore ways their daily activities and involvement in different groups allow them to be advocates.