Young Religious Activists to Learn Advocacy Skills at Bread for the World Training
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Washington, DC, June 4, 2012
Young pastors and other church workers from around the country will learn how to be powerful advocates and effective leaders in the fight to end hunger in the United States and abroad. The training, to be held June 9-12 in Washington, DC, will include inspiring speakers, informative workshops, opportunities to network with other like-minded colleagues, and an opportunity to lobby members of Congress on Capitol Hill.
“We’re excited to provide this opportunity to nearly 70 young faith leaders to hone their advocacy skills and become powerful agents of change in their local communities,” said Rev. David Beckmann, president of Bread for the World. “We are expecting this year’s Hunger Justice Leaders to leave on fire and hungry for change.”
Participants will explore the biblical foundations of anti-hunger advocacy, gain skills in advocacy and community organizing, connect with like-minded religious leaders from across the United States, speak out on Capitol Hill, and lead advocacy efforts back home.
“I’m excited to participate in Bread for the World’s Hunger Justice Leaders training because I want to learn more about hunger and poverty and how I can impact change, whether it be in my own backyard or on another continent,” said Kiara Irvin of Little Rock, AR.
The 2012 Hunger Justice Leaders are expected to partner with Bread for the World in anti-hunger advocacy activities in their local communities during the coming year. This is the third in a series of biennial Hunger Justice Leaders trainings that began in 2008. Previous participants have returned to their communities or churches as strong advocates for hungry and poor people.
“I hope to gain a wider view of hunger issues on a global scale so that I may be able to walk with a greater purpose and drive to speak for those who don’t have or have yet to find their voice,” said Chad Martin of Martinsville, VA. “When we realize that we are all responsible to end hunger for all people, then hunger will be a problem of the past.”
The Hunger Justice Leaders training will culminate on June 12 with a Lobby Day event, during which participants will meet with their members of Congress.
Bread for the World is a collective Christian voice urging our nation's decision makers to end hunger at home and abroad.
Kristen Y. Archer, Acting Manager for Media Relations, 202-688-1118