I recently had the opportunity to visit Washington DC on quite an advocacy adventure. Although in the past I have dubbed myself the “unlikely advocate”—the kind of person that could have never imagined herself actually lobbying for a cause on Capitol Hill—thanks to the help and encouragement of the amazing and generous folks at The United Nations Foundation I am slowly leaving the “unlikely” part of my being an advocate behind. But that doesn’t mean I’m a pro at it. Nor does it mean it’s necessarily easy. On the contrary; I’m fumbling and bumbling along on this new path, and although I often feel out of place, I know that the only way to make it feel more like my place is to just walk the walk.
Traveling home from my trip I got to thinking about all I’ve learned and how—now that the process has been demystified—lobbying on behalf of something I really believe in isn’t as hard as I thought. Don’t get me wrong; as I knocked on the doors of my state Senators and my local congress people on Capitol Hill, my knees were knocking too. But feeling the fear and doing it anyway (and living to tell about it) only means that now, I’ve got a new awesome skill to add to my life’s repertoire and I can use that skill anytime I need it. And when it comes to Shot@Life and the work they are doing with global vaccines and helping to stop the senseless deaths of children caused by preventable diseases, I’m going to keep needing it and using it. And, I must admit, that feels pretty good.
So, you want in on the action? Awesome! Here are a few tips and tricks I’ve learned about advocacy over the past year and through meeting with my representatives in DC to help you get started, if you haven’t already:
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For a story about a true Daredevil of Advocacy, be sure to read about the amazing Sikha Petra. Talk about inspiring you to use your voice!
For more about Tracey and how she elevates the everyday, visit her at traceyclark.com.
For the story about how she and her teen got here, take a peek at their first post at Reframed.
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