Ja’Varis Crim, a Camden native and rising junior at the University of South Carolina where he is a political science major, recently traveled to Washington, D.C., to meet with South Carolina congressional leaders in an effort to advocate for children.
Crim is a member of Save the Children and its newly affiliated advocacy organization, Save the Children Action Network. He participated in an advocacy summit on Capitol Hill April 21 and 22 to call on elected leader to invest in children in order to give them a good start in life, Save the Children officials said in a press release.
“Being given the chance to advocate for children without a voice gave me gratification,” Crim said in the press release. “It’s imperative that all children, no matter their circumstances, be given the opportunity to have a strong start in life by acquiring early education for each and every child. The children we invest in now will be our future.”
Save the Children Action Network President Mark Shriver said the advocacy summit encouraged youth from across the country to become advocates for children in the United States and around the globe.
“We are grateful to have had Ja’Varis Crim join us in Washington, D.C., to use his voice,” Shriver said. “These young advocates will ensure our political leaders know that together we can secure early education for every child in the United States and help kids survive around the world, making a better future for us all.”
The advocacy summit is an annual two-day opportunity for inspiring young leaders to join supporters and partners who are committed to improving the lives of children. More than 150 participants from across the nation visited the nation’s capital where they heard from powerful change-leaders, engaged in dynamic workshops, and spoke with members of Congress and their staffs.
Crim had the chance to speak with U.S. senators Lindsey Graham and Tim Scott, and U.S. representatives Joe Wilson, Jim Clyburn and Mark Sanford.
Participants heard from such prominent speakers as former Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley; Libby Doggett, deputy assistant secretary of education for policy and early learning; Chuck Todd, host of NBC’s Meet the Press; Jonathan Capehart of the Washington Post; and Abby Huntsman of MSNBC. U.S. senators Johnny Isakson (Georgia) and Barbara Mikulski (Maryland), and U.S. Texas representatives Kay Granger and Lloyd Doggett received Congressional Champion Awards.
This year, advocacy summit participants asked policymakers to focus on giving children a strong start by supporting early childhood education programs in the U.S. and by investing in key maternal, newborn and child health programs which save the lives of newborns and children around the world.
Crim is a 2013 Honor graduate of Camden High School. He is the son of Jasper and Regina Crim.