A Ministry of the ELCA - Supported by World Hunger

Youth Advocacy

Register for our 2024 Called to be Advocates event on October 4-6 at Pine Lake Camp in Waupaca, WI!   Register Here!

Join high school youth and young adults from around Wisconsin and the Upper Peninsula of Michigan to explore your interests in social justice.  How is our faith connected to our seeking justice?  Develop concrete ways to use your voice for positive change with faith and hope, and build relationships with other youth interested in advocacy in Wisconsin and the U.P.

Focuses will include Environmental Justice, Gun Violence, Women’s Rights, and LGBTQ+ Rights.  Let’s hear more about what you’re interested in!

This event is being hosted by LOPPW and all six ELCA synods with congregations in Wisconsin and the Upper Peninsula of Michigan:  East Central Synod of Wisconsin, Greater Milwaukee Synod, La Crosse Area Synod, Northern Great Lakes Synod, Northwest Synod of Wisconsin, and South-Central Synod of Wisconsin.

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2023 Youth Advocacy Retreat held in Madison, Wisconsin.


We explored a variety of topics and ways to advocate at our first Youth Advocacy Retreat in April 2023.


Advocacy Exercise Ideas:  youthadvocacyideasloppwisc

Gods-Story-Our-Story-a-call-to-Advocacy Organized by former Hunger Advocacy Fellow Kelsey Johnson

Advocacy 101 for Young Adults, written by ELCA World Hunger and Hunger Advocacy Fellows

Pyramid of Hate:  The exercise integrates first-person video testimonies from the USC Shoah Foundation Institute’s archive with the Pyramid of Hate, a curricular tool developed by the Anti-Defamation League that provides students with an opportunity to explore the ways in which hate can escalate in society: POH_Final


Youth Organizing Team

East Central Synod of WI – Amy Moore: amy.moore@ecsw.org and Wendy Black: wendy.black@ecsw.org

Greater Milwaukee Synod – Gretchen Haugse: ghaugse@me.com

La Crosse Area Synod – Contact Synod Office

LOPPW Director Rev. Cindy Crane: cynthia.crane@elca.oerg

Northern Great Lakes Synod – Stefanie Ehle: youthcoordinator@nglsynod.org

Northwest Synod of Wisconsin – Deacon Laura Ramlow: lramlow@nwswi.org

South-Central Synod of WI – Rev. Marie Leafblad: mariel@scsw-elca.org