Raising A Moral Voice for Children’s Advocacy
The Merrin Moral Voices program promotes the importance of raising a moral voice in our society, an idea that is deeply rooted in Jewish values and culture. Each year, the series addresses a single social justice issue through programming, film, discussion, and social activism connected to that theme. Our goal is to expose students to exemplars, regular women and men who have done extraordinary things in their communities. Their courage to raise a moral voice brings attention to injustices around the world and inspires us to take action ourselves.
This year our theme is Children’s Advocacy. We aim to explore how our society’s structures impact the health of children and the many facets of health. We hope to partner with the amazing resources in and around our community including schools, hospitals, professors, and synagogues around pertinent issues in society today affecting children’s health including education, disability, access, refugee status, and more. Mental and physical health touches us all and the health of the youngest in society is of special importance as they do not have a voice of their own to raise up.
This year, we hope to explore topics in mental health, child nutrition, social determinants of health, children’s health policy, health education, childhood trauma, child development, and children’s disease and disability.
This Year's Keynote Event
Wath this year's keynote event in full, featuring guest speaker and children's rights activist Marian Wright Edelman, here.
See the below links and media to gain background information and discover initiatives around the world that are addressing Children's Advocacy!
An insightful TED Talk by Jamie Oliver: https://www.ted.com/talks/jamie_oliver
Let's Move, an organization aiming to help raise a healthier generation of kids: http://www.letsmove.gov/
2015 statistics of children in each state: http://www.childrensdefense.org/library/data/state-data-repository/cits/2015/2015-children-in-the-states-complete.pdf
Want to get involved? Have amazing ideas for programs or activism related to Children’s Advocacy?
Please contact any of the students listed in the contact section to the right!