Advocate group poem

Philly Girls Read are all 5th graders at Independence Charter School. Teacher Corey Michener started Philly Girls Read as a curriculum, guide, and way of life that teaches girls how to read actively and create their own advocacy campaigns for the causes they care about. This is an exercise in essential values and core beliefs. We frequently discuss what it means to be an advocate and what kind of things do we advocate for. Here are some poems the girls wrote to discuss issues they find important in their own lives.

Advocate
Verb: to speak or write in favor of; support or urge by argument; recommend publicly.
Noun: a person who speaks or writes in support or defense of a person, cause, etc

Teacher Corey
I am an advocate of drinking mint tea when you are feeling ill.
I am an advocate of marrying who you love, because you love them.
I am an advocate of solving things with your words, not your fists.

I am an advocate for anyone without a high school degree that wants one.
I am an advocate for animals without a voice that need to be taken care of.
I am an advocate for families that deserve more time together at the end of the day.

I advocate for Sundays filled with brunch and friends.
I advocate for literacy among urban youth in Philadelphia.
I advocate for farming and eating things you grow yourself.

Dasia

I advocate for my religion.

I am an advocate of life, for being myself.
I am an advocate for being strong and being more brave.
I am an advocate for working really hard in school. 

I am an advocate of being a relaxing person, who cares for a lot of things.

Nasya
I am an advocate of God.
I advocate for my family. 

I advocate to BE ME!
I advocate to believe in myself.

I advocate to stop WAR!!

Colette
I am an advocate of swimming.

I am an advocate of gymnastics.

I am an advocate of diving.
I advocate for love. 

I advocate for writing a diary.
I advocate for writing.
I advocate for stopping the wars.
I am an advocate for turning my homework in on time.

I am an advocate for getting an education.

I am an advocate for getting a diploma.

Juliana
I advocate for obsessing over your wedding; mine will be to Harry Styles.

I advocate for helping my mom with the dishes.

I advocate for laughing awkwardly.
I advocate for dancing at random times. 

I advocate for going on the internet ALL DAY! 

I advocate for writing in my diary.
I advocate for painting my nails.

I advocate for giggling with my BFFs.
I advocate for crying my eyes out when I need a good cry. 

I advocate for donating my hair to “locks of love” at my haircuts.
I advocate for being sad when something bad comes on the news. 


Citlalic
I am an advocate for the earth.
I am an advocate for weird people.
I am an advocate for helping families. 

I am an advocate for people that have cancer. GO PINK!
I am an advocate for Catholic people.

I am an advocate for the ICS community. 


Leslie
I advocate for helping my mom clean the house.

I am an advocate for my family.
I am an advocate for helping.

I am an advocate for helping make people laugh.

Georjelis
I advocate for my baby sister.
I advocate to be weird sometimes. 

I advocate for Philly Girls Read, nationwide.

I advocate to talk by yourself or someone when you feel sad. 

I advocate for sick people.
I advocate for finishing high school and college.

Philly Girls Read are all 5th graders at Independence Charter School. Teacher Corey Michener started Philly Girls Read as a curriculum, guide, and way of life that teaches girls how to read actively and create their own advocacy campaigns for the causes they care about.