Help Me Become a Teen Advocate

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Hello! My name is Christine Lively, and I have worked as a teacher and librarian in middle schools and high schools for the last seven years.  The more I work with teens, the more I realize that adolescents need advocates focused on their specific challenges, strengths, and interests. I want to do more to help teens get what they need, say what they want, and be who they are.


I have realized that I don't have the tools or community that I need to achieve these goals. I have experience and networks in education and in the Young Adult book worlds, but I need to know more about effective advocacy to move forward. 

To achieve these goals I want to attend the Children's Defense Fund's Samuel Dewitt Proctor Institute for Child Advocacy Ministry this July in Tennessee. I have wanted to attend for the last few years, but haven't quite been able to put the money together to make it happen. I would love to have your help to make it happen this summer. 

Description of the institute from the CDF website. 

"Movement-building is hard work. We can’t do it alone. We can’t do it virtually. One generation alone can’t get it done. We need each other and deep spiritual sustenance to keep going and create the just world our children deserve. CDF’s Proctor Institute is where we can sing and pray, strategize and struggle, organize and advocate, and share our stories—our hurts and hopes, pain and passion for justice, in Beloved Community. The spiritual home of the children’s movement, the Proctor Institute on the storied grounds of CDF Haley Farm is where we refresh and renew to that we can continue the hard, hopeful, sacred work of realizing Dr. King’s vision for every child and ending child poverty. Plan now to join us, July 16-20. We can’t wait to welcome you home."

Please consider donating to help me attend the institute this summer. I will need to cover expenses to travel to Tennessee, accommodations while I am there, and the cost of the Institute itself. I will document my journey along the way with updates for all who donate to make this happen!
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I've arrived in Clinton, New Jersey this evening and am settled into the hotel. Tomorrow the Conference starts and I am so grateful for all of your generosity. I will get to spend time on Alex Haley's farm just down the road tomorrow and hear some fantastic speakers. I will let you know any highlights from the week.

As I drove to dinner this evening, I passed the high school in town. The whole campus is surrounded with a chain link fence, and is topped with three lines of razor wire. It was a jarring sight to see.

Hopefully this week will help me gain the tools and insight to help more teens find their voices and to ask for what they need in their lives.

Thank you again, Christine
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Thank you so very much to everyone who has donated so far. I can't tell you how much I appreciate it.

So far, I have registered for the Proctor Institute and I've booked my hotel. I am so grateful that I will have the support from friends and others with me when I go to Tennessee.

I've also started working with some local teens to map out some events and ideas to start giving teens near me a chance to share their work and have their say. I will keep you updated on that as it develops. I have no plans to dictate to them, but instead hope to work with them to find the best way to create a community of support.

If you've donated, again, I can't thank you enough. If you know of anyone who might want to support my efforts, please share this fundraiser with them.

Let's amplify and recognize teen voices and ideas!

Christine
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Oh my goodness! Thank you so much to everyone who has donated and shared this fundraiser. I am so grateful to you.

Thank you so very much!

Christine
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