The GFWC Juniors’ Special Program: Advocates for Children was adopted to give all clubs an opportunity to participate in projects that benefit children of all ages. During the 2020-2022 Administration, our aim is to honor our roots and be a voice for children. It includes two special focus areas: (1) To advocate for art curriculum and outdoor activities at schools for all students, including those with disabilities, and to highlight the value of art and outdoor programs as therapy and enrichment for children with emotional, mental, and physical challenges, and (2) To advocate for education and training that helps parents and caregivers be the best advocate possible for a child in emergency and other health situations.
Advocates for children Week
To raise awareness for child advocacy efforts, we have declared the last week of October as GFWC Advocates for Children Week. All GFWC clubs are invited to participate by planning events related to the Juniors’ Special Project. Try a new project or a previously successful one. It’s up to you! Consider your club’s interests and community needs.
- Sunday, October 25 – Saturday, October 31, 2020
- Sunday, October 24 – Saturday, October 30, 2021
- Create an art awareness social media campaign that spotlights student art and provides information on the benefits of art education
- Undertake projects that provide a sense of security for children in foster care, such as making or customizing duffle bags for carrying their clothes and/or creating overnight kits with hygiene and comfort items.
- Advocate for Big Brothers/Big Sisters and other programs that provide children with mentors and/or offer activities to help them develop positive social skills.
- Partner with a local school to build an outdoor classroom or school garden, using resources from Project Learning Tree such as School Site Investigation and Creating an Outdoor Classroom.
- Advocate for programs that directly benefit children at local and nearby state parks.
- Create “worry rocks” with children who are attending school for the first time.
- Advocate for support programs, such as Ronald McDonald House Charities, to establish a chapter in your community.