Advocacy Essays - Homelessness [2012 - 2013]

Eighth grade students were tasked to research homelessness on the Internet, and then write an advocacy essay in Microsoft Word to address this social issue. This activity was in response to a learning service (campaign) initiative by the National Council of La Raza (NCLR).

Advocacy is a political process by an individual or group which aims to influence public policy and resource allocation decisions within political, economic, and social systems and institutions. The student essays were sent to Ms. Torres, Counselor at Raul Yzaguirre School for Success and coordinator for the NCLR homelessness campaign.

An advocacy essay is a paper designed to gain support from readers regarding a specific belief or cause. It is used as a call for action or to raise awareness on a social issue. Writing an advocacy essay requires a thorough knowledge of the subject, and the students spent time at various websites on the Internet reading and taking notes to prepare for the activity.

The students made PowerPoint presentations based on their essays. Go to HPPT to view/read. They also created Digital Art to call even greater attention to the plight of the homeless, and celebrate their humanity. Go to HDA to view.

A selection of essays from the 8th grade students follows (Click on names below to open their essays in PDF format.) (Editing of other essays in progress.):

Daniel Acosta Jovany Aguirre Angel Alvarado Diamantina Alvarez Maribel Andrade
Jazmin Banda Jennifer Barajas Maria Benitez Diana Bernal Jesus Berumen
Lesly Bravo Jazmin Calixto Alejandro Castaneda Adriana Castillo Nayely Celis
Jose Cervantes Cristal Covarrubias Kelly Cruz Hector De La Cruz Adrian Delgado
Alejandro Encinia Raul Espinoza Elena Flores Jackelin Garcia Maribel Garza
Yailin Gomez Ana Gonzalez Enrique Gonzalez Jessica Gonzalez Crisante Guzman
Ana Hernandez Marissa Hernandez Dalia Javiel Maria Lopez Abigail Manzano
Jose Marquina Jesus Martinez William Mora Jennifer Morales Francisco Moreno
Amanda Oliva Jessany Oliva Mayra Rivera Elexus Rocha Brandon Rodriguez
Daniel Rodriguez Jorge Rodriguez Mariah Sanchez Emily Saucedo Bryan Umanzor
Janet Zuniga