One Giant Leap

By Megan McKinnon

A week ago, we were thrilled about the flurry of activity happening on Facebook, Twitter, and www.demandthechangeforchildren.org – all to Demand the Change for Children. We watched our numbers on each site spike, and got excited with each new “Like”, tweet, and names added to our mailing list. What made us most excited about each number was that it meant that one more person – possibly you – connected to this movement and decided to Demand the Change for Children.   Thank you for joining the movement and for all of your actions!  Together we started making a strong statement that there must be a change, and we must Demand the Change for Children.

What was Leaping Forward for Prevention like for you? How did you choose to leap forward?  Did it prompt a discussion with a friend or coworker? Did you get asked about the frog pin you were wearing? Was it uncomfortable? Did you share your story about why you were demanding the change? Did you feel supported in sharing your voice? How did it feel to hear about why others were joining the movement? And, if you didn’t Leap Forward, what held you back?

In the past week, many of you have continued to take action to Demand the Change for Children. For some, it meant sharing or liking a Facebook status, retweeting something, or changing a profile picture to a frog. For others, it meant contacting city council members or heading to the Capitol for Action Day. In any case, no action to Demand the Change for Children is too big or too small to make a difference.

But we can’t stop here. This is only the beginning, and we’re so happy to have you here in the early stages. Hopefully you have found that there is a place here for your voice, your story, your experience, your action – there is a place here for you – whether you were able to Leap Forward or not. Now we need you to help us keep building our momentum. Keep sharing, talking, and demanding the change. Who knows, you might be just the person to inspire someone else to Demand the Change for Children.

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