Virtual Advocacy Summit







Join us for the 2020 Virtual Advocacy Summit

Every child deserves a strong start in life.

That’s why, each year, Save the Children Action Network (SCAN) and Save the Children invites advocates from across the country to advocate for policies that benefit kids.

We know that this is a scary and uncertain time for many. 

But together, we can influence our elected officials and drive positive change on behalf of children – from the comfort of our homes during this online event!


The Virtual Advocacy Summit is a free experience of dynamic sessions and exciting speakers. Participants will meet once a week for a month via our online platform. The summit will culminate in a collective call to our lawmakers to invest in kids. 

The summit provides a unique opportunity for our supporters to delve deeper into the issues, receive training from leading experts and act to ensure that matters critical to children’s lives and futures are prioritized by our elected leaders.

What to Expect

Get Inspired. Get Involved. 

Every week, participants of the 2020 Virtual Advocacy Summit will hear from leading advocates such as SCAN President Mark Shriver, Save the Children President and CEO Janti Soeripto and issue experts. Each session is designed to make advocacy approachable and exciting.

Participants will:

  • Gain a better understanding of critical kids’ issue and learn how to talk about them 
  • Learn how to advocate to their local, state and national lawmakers
  • Get some ideas for how to activate in their communities 

…and much more!


Thursday, April 30

8 pm ET

Fireside Chat with Mark K. Shriver and José Andrés

Join Mark K. Shriver, Senior Vice President of U.S. Programs and Advocacy for Save the Children, for a fireside chat with José Andrés, New York Times best-selling author, educator, humanitarian and chef and owner of ThinkFoodGroup. We’ll talk with Andrés about his humanitarian work through his charity, World Central Kitchen, and how they plan to feed the world throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.
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Thursday, May 7

8 pm ET

Amplifying Girls’ Voices for a Safer and More Equal World

For too long, children, and especially girls, have not been heard, treated fairly with opportunities, or been visible in the public arena. This session will talk about why this issue is important to Save the Children, provide a chance to hear directly from girls, introduce the Girls LEAD Act and inspire you to take action.
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Thursday, May 14

8 pm ET

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.
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Thursday, May 21

8 pm ET

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! Join us to hear from inspiring speakers and to learn how you can participate in our Week of Action.
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