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Six Steps to Successful Child Advocacy

Six Steps to Successful Child Advocacy
Changing the World for Children

An interdisciplinary approach to child advocacy, with applied, international examples and six steps to achieving positive change for children

© 2014 | 224 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
Six Steps to Successful Child Advocacy: Changing the World for Children offers an interdisciplinary approach to child advocacy, nurturing key skills through a proven six-step process that has been used to train child advocates and create social change around the world. The approach is applicable for micro-advocacy for one child, mezzo-advocacy for a community or group of children, and macro-advocacy at a regional, national, or international level. This practical text offers skill-building activities and includes timely topics such as how to use social media for advocacy. Case studies of advocacy campaigns highlight applied approaches to advocacy across a range of issues, including child welfare, disability, early childhood, and education.  Words of wisdom from noted child advocates from the U.S. and around the world, including a foreword from Dr. Jane Goodall, illustrate key concepts. Readers are guided through the process of developing a plan and tools for a real-life child advocacy campaign.
Chapter 1: Introduction
Chapter 2: Parameters of advocacy
Chapter 3: Planning your project with the six steps to successful child advocacy
Chapter 4: Step 1--Knowing your issue
Chapter 5: Step 2, Research for background and impact
Chapter 6: Step 3--Preparing effective materials
Chapter 7: Step 4—Making Meetings That Work
Chapter 8: Step 5--Conducting strategic follow-up
Chapter 9: Step six--Reinforcing successful advocacy outcomes
Chapter 10: Where do we go from here?
Key features
  • A six-step approach (knowing your issue, conducting research, preparing materials, creating effective meetings, conducting follow-up, and reinforcing positive outcomes) provides a framework for planning and conducting a real-life child advocacy campaign.
  • Concepts and advocacy strategies are illustrated by both domestic and global case studies covering a range of topics (including the areas of child welfare, early childhood, disability, and education) and contributions from 18 noted advocates representing 11 countries in Europe, Asia, Africa, and North and South America.
  • Suggested activities at the end of each chapter help readers create an advocacy plan and acquire the tools to conduct an advocacy campaign.
  • The role and effective use of social media in child advocacy is discussed, including a case study on how one child advocacy project uses social media.
  • Fundraising methods for advocacy are described, preparing readers to fundraise for their own child advocacy projects.

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