United Families International - Pro-Family Advocate
What would you recommend SFL students do to prepare to be effective advocates in the public square for strong families?
Young Adult voices are greatly needed in the public square. You can become an effective advocate for strong families by being informed, being a voice, and even being an Intern:
- The SFL required courses help students think critically about family issues, articulate and support their positions, and learn what makes sound social science.
- Some helpful courses: SFL 489 Family & Public Policy; SFL 461 The Family and the Law; SFL 345 Family Life in World Religions; ENGL 312 Persuasive Writing
- Learn about current issues by signing up for educational emails from organizations working to strengthen families.
Be a Voice:
- Utah State Legislators want and need to hear from their constituents. You may feel like you are "just a person," but so are they. Keep your message civil, simple, and short.
- Blog, Facebook, talk to family and friends, write a letter to the editor.
- Register to vote, and be an informed voter.
Be an Intern:
- Sign up for a BYU Academic Internship with organizations working to strengthen families.
- Sign up to be an intern during the Winter Semester advocating for strong family during the Utah State Legislative Session. Several of these organizations have internship arrangements in place with BYU-Provo and BYU-Idaho.
You can be an advocate for strong families wherever you are. Even if your efforts don’t seem to make a difference, it is important to "leave a record," as Elder Neal A. Maxwell said:
"Resistance to abortion will be seen as primitive. Concern over the institution of the family will be viewed as untrendy and unenlightened. . . . Before the ultimate victory of the forces of righteousness, some skirmishes will be lost. Even in these, however, let us leave a record so that the choices are clear."
Elder Neal A. Maxwell, "A More Determined Discipleship," Address at Brigham Young University, 10 Oct 1978