SOARing in the UK

Last weekend was a real first for ONE here in the UK as we launched our first student activist programme, SOAR.

Students & ONE for Africa Rising will see 100 students championing ONE’s campaigns at their universities, getting other students involved, getting noticed, sharing the success stories of aid & development and talking to their MPs about how they can help end extreme poverty.

This is going to be quite something.

London students

After being introduced to ONE and our issues, London students took part in a range of workshops led by ONE staff including: using social media to promote campaigns, tips on how to lobby their MP, backing up campaigns with policy and how to get their content noticed in the media.

Our African themed social at Shaka Zulu in Camden was a great chance for SOAR members to get to know us and each other better, and exciting plans started to come together for the months ahead. We’ve already seen SOAR Twitter accounts and blogs popping up just a day later!

We’ll be supporting our students throughout the 6 months of their campaigns, and hope that you will too as part of the wider ONE community here on the ONE blog.

Those who SOAR the highest will also be given the chance to be centre stage of our campaigns, and even contribute to ONE’s campaign planning.

All of us at ONE really enjoyed the weekend, finally putting faces to names, and starting a new chapter in ONE’s story here in the UK.

UK Students

Thank you to all of you who joined us, and we’re really looking forward to seeing your campaigns leading the way in the months ahead.

Our second weekend training and social event will be held in Leeds 26-27 November and you still have until this Friday 4 November to apply if you’d like to join us: http://one.org/students

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