The Power of a Voice. One of Elizabeth Edwards's most admired traits was her unique ability to advocate for what she believed in. She was not afraid to think independently, speak her mind, identify problems and articulate solutions. She moved people not just with the power of her voice, but also with the force of her writing.
Opportunities for Advocacy. The Elizabeth Fellows curriculum empowers Fellows to do the same by finding their own voice. The Fellows are required to participate in forms of oral and written advocacy. For example, they will have a rotating weekly blog that will allow them to articulate their opinions, advocate for a cause or simply ponder important questions. The Fellows will also be encouraged to participate in oral advocacy projects, including video blogging, podcasting, and debate.
An Empowering Power. By participating in consistent, active advocacy, Fellows develop confidence, learning to value their own voice. Through practice, they will also gain the skills needed to effectively articulate their views and become leaders for their peers. The advocacy component to the program teaches Fellows not just to find their voice—but also to use it to better their communities and produce the change they would like to see.
The Flip Side: Advocating for the Fellows. In addition to becoming advocates themselves, the Fellows will also be the beneficiaries of advocacy. Our Elizabeth Mentors and program staff advocate on behalf of the Fellows within the school and the community. Our advocates ensure that Fellows get the services, attention and opportunities they need and deserve.