The program teaches students to advocate with their members of Congress on the issue of food insecurity with a focus on UN Sustainable Development Goal 2: Zero Hunger. CARE will provide students with opportunities to immerse themselves in this issue, learn advocacy fundamentals, hear directly from subject matter experts, and incorporate CARE research and projects into classroom learning.
Students will also partner with other organizations to develop projects that support local and global communities through the LaGuardia Humanitarian Initiative (LHI), keeping their focus on SDG 2. Students will volunteer, fundraise, and pursue internships furthering the mission of LaGuardia and the vision of the partnering organization(s).
As part of the program, CARE hosted a meeting in November 9, 2022 about global hunger with 102 students and Nathaniel Hezekiah, Deputy Chief of Staff to Rep. Gregory Meeks (D-NY), Ben Leibowitz, Foreign Affairs, Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), Mitchell Lee, AG LC for Sen, Gillibrand and Brandon Ramsey, Foreign Affairs for Sen. Chris Coons (D-DE). A capstone of the partnership, the purpose of the meeting was to:
- Learn about the foreign affairs budget
- Discuss the Global Food Security Act (GFSA) and the Senate Foreign Operations Budget (SFOB)
- Discuss local and global food insecurity
The students discussed domestic food issues as well as CARE priorities. There was demonstrated support for the passage of GFSA in the Senate by the end of the year.
Over the course of the program, several student participants have shared their experiences with CARE. Read about them here and join us on this journey by checking back for more updates.