Our March online intern Mariana is pretty involved in her community raising awareness about hunger – and working to solve it. She wanted to share with you some of the tips and tricks she’s learned working as an advocate to help you inspire your own community. Here’s what she had to say.
1. Educate yourself
In order to successfully advocate for your cause, you need to make sure that you have a good understanding of the problem you are trying to deal with. Explore its causes and make yourself aware of possible solutions. Keep in mind that hunger is a complex issue and that, if we want to achieve sustainable results, we need to address it thoroughly and critically.
2. Research real life engagement opportunities
While it is important that you keep yourself well-informed about the problem and its various implications, engaging in activities that have a real-life impact is imperative. Whether you decide to volunteer at a local soup kitchen or to dedicate your entire career to the fight against hunger, you can make a difference right here and right now.
Soon you will come to realize that finding a sustainable solution to a global problem is not something you can achieve on your own. Connect with people who share your aspirations. Thus, you will be able to exchange valuable ideas and experience and to considerably expand your positive impact.
4. Inspire and engage others
As an advocate, one of the most important skills you will need to acquire is to inspire and encourage others to follow you and to contribute to your cause. Remember that the more people there are in our army of soldiers fighting world hunger, the more likely we are to finally win the war!
5. Overcome burnout
Having done all this, you will see that being a successful advocate is not an easy task. Some people tend to get discouraged by the overwhelming complexity that a sustainable solution to hunger entails. That is why it is important to manage yourself and to keep your eyes on the prize which will always remind you that it is worth the fight.