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When Nobody Knows Your Name: Using Social to Get the Word Out

September 9, 2013
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Hair Dev Singh Khalsa of Juneau walking through South Florida. This is what we look like.

The Walk for America’s Children is a big undertaking. No one attempts to walk 1000 miles without engaging in some planning and organizing. As the Lead  Coordinator, I choose to ask others lots of questions and formed a think tank group on Facebook. Activists love to give advice. Because I alternate between  faith-inspired confidence and being overwhelmed, I usually welcome said  advice.

Two pieces of advice were repeatedly given over and over again.

1) Use social media to get the word out.

By2015:AMERICA has Twitter,  Instagram, Facebook, Google Plus, YouTube and, of course, this blog.  Since I possess access to all six accounts, I manage the content too. (See the overwhelmed comment.)

I think this department is covered. After three years of near constant usage of socia’ media, I think I understand it and know how to use it.

2) Contact media  beforehand to let them know you are coming.

Easier said than done. I was  able to secure a list of Florida newspapers off the web. I made a few  phone calls and learned that the list gave me a lot of West Coast  newspapers. The Walk is up the East Coast. So, I changed plans and  started picking up newspapers along the Walk.

Here is a sample email  sent to a religious reporter. Her column was in the Boca Raton Forum. I am iit here so that if you get so inclined and want to help us out, you have a concrete example of what an email to a media person looks like.

Greeting: Peace be unto you, Sister. (John 20:19 and 21; Luke 24:36)

Introduction: “While recovering from a 18.2 mile launch of ‘The Walk for America’s  Children’ in Boca Raton, I read your column inside the Boca Raton Forum.  Thank you for your inspiring words. They gave me a lift, especially as  my body reminded me that I am no longer a young man.

Included  in this email is a message which closely resembles the one placed  underneath a YouTube video shot during the first day of the Walk. It  contains several “links” and a method to communicate with me. I pray  that our mission resonates in your heart.

Sincerely,

Kokayi Nosakhere

by2015america@gmail.com

907-884-4710

Body of the Email: At 10 pm on September 3, 2013 two Alaskan anti-hunger activists,  Juneau’s Hari Dev Singh Khalsa and Anchorage’s Kokayi Nosakhere,  launched the “Walk for America’s Children.”

The pair seek to  raise the average American’s awareness that child hunger exists inside  the Unites States by walking 1000 miles from Ft. Lauderdale to  Washington D. C. Twenty-one million children access free and reduced breakfast and  lunch according to the Food Research and Action Center or FRAC.

http://frac.org/pdf/Scorecard_SY2011-2012.pdf

An August 27, 2013 article promoted by the national organization, Share Our Strength, quotes a Florida teacher explaining how hunger affects  student performance in the classroom. It appears that school lunch  is the one secure meal Florida children can count on.

http://www.takepart.com/article/2013/08/27/child-hunger-school-breakfasts?cmpid=organic-share-facebook

Feeding America, which supports America’s 205 official food banks,  counts 1 out of 4 children living in poverty-rate households. That’s 31  million, under the age of 18, or a quarter of an entire generation of children  experiencing hunger against their will.

In a video, taken at 4 am on September 4, 2013, Kokayi Nosakhere explains that September is Hunger Awareness Month.

http://youtu.be/ujebdkTAoeU

He outlines HOW you can assist in raising awareness to the child hunger crisis happening in America.

1) Use social media – Facebook, Twitter, Reddit, YouTube, Google Plus,  Craigslist – to share the updates for The Walk for America’s Children.

2) Assist in getting our message to media along our suggested route. For more information please visit our blog:

Proposed: End Child Hunger Act (Small Government Version) |

https://by2015america.wordpress.com/2013/09/02/proposed-end-child-hunger-act-small-government-version/

3) Donate to our Indiegogo campaign. We estimate that we will need  $5,000 and the generous help of local people to make this 1000 mile walk  a success.

http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/the-walk-for-america-s-children-part-2

Thank you for choosing to contribute your time, talent and energy  towards this noble cause. You can email the Lead Coordinator at  by2015america@gmail.com

What do you think? Sounds good but, so far, she has not responded. We might have to come up with some additional ideas to  get the word out. Until those ideas come, the goal is to keep being as  creative as possible.

Please send any ideas or how you feel that you can help spread the word to: by2015america@gmail.com

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This is the route we have taken and the distance covered in 5 days. 78 miles total.

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. September 9, 2013 4:53 pm

    I have not been great at getting attention so I am not the best help here, but I would like to respectfully suggest that you write another blog that starts with the paragraph that begins:At 10 pm on September 3, 2013 two Alaskan anti-hunger activists, Juneau’s Hari Dev Singh Khalsa and Anchorage’s Kokayi Nosakhere, launched the “Walk for America’s Children.” Explain briefly what the walk is all about. Say that people can help to raise awareness and support by doing the things that you list in this blog.
    Find a popular blogger who has a big following and a good heart – maybe Ivan prefontaine. his blog is teacher as transformer. Ask him if he will re-blog your blog, or if he will put the info in his own blog and ask others to do so too.
    Then each day (if possible) write a brief blog about one experience you had a long the way.

    I admire what you are doing, but I have found your blogs a little confusing, so maybe if you put the main point at the beginning it will help people understand and begin to help.

    Good luck and thank you for taking on this task.
    Peace!
    Jan

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