2020 Virtual Advocacy Summit

We look forward to our annual Advocacy Summit in Washington, D.C every year. Advocates from around the country come to meet with each other and bring our movement for kids to their lawmakers. Each year, students from Long Island attend the Summit in Washington with a parent/guardian.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, instead of hosting the Advocacy Summit in person, Save the Children and Save the Children Action Network’s held the first ever “Virtual Advocacy Summit.”

The 2020 Virtual Advocacy Summit was a 4-week experience of dynamic sessions and exciting speakers.  The summit culminated in a collective call to our lawmakers to invest in kids. The silver lining was that over 12 Long Island students and supporters were able to attend and the sessions. You can participate, too…watch the Advocacy Summit Sessions on youtube! Students who submit a paragraph about what they learned can earn community service hours. Send paragraph to stclipres@gmail.com.

Session 1:

Fireside Chat with Mark K. Shriver and José Andrés
The 2020 Virtual Advocacy Summit kicked off with a lively chat between SCAN President Mark Shriver and renowned chef José Andrés. Check out what they had to say about wine, advocacy and staying hopeful in challenging times.

Session 2:

Protecting a Generation from COVID-19 Globally
Coronavirus knows no borders. It is a global threat and demands a global response. The virus is already having devastating consequences for children. With the pandemic now spreading into some of the world’s poorest countries, there is a real danger that progress made on improving children’s lives will see a reversal, especially for girls and children affected by conflict.

Session 3:

Child Care in Crisis
Child care providers and teachers are the forgotten heroes of the COVID-19 crisis, providing an essential service for frontline workers with children during the pandemic. But child care programs as a whole are facing a much larger funding crisis that may lead to programs across the country closing their doors for good. Join our panelists as they discuss how the pandemic is impacting child care programs and what can be done to make sure there is enough child care when America gets back to work.

Session 4:

How to Advocate for Kids from Home
Our Virtual Advocacy Summit culminates with a Week of Action where advocates from across the country will take collective action to urge members of Congress to prioritize kids during the COVID 19 crisis!