Act! Speak! Build! Week resources

First-time Act! Speak! Build Week participants
The first-time participant guide offers sample schedules and advice on organizing, registering, planning and implementing a successful advocacy plan.

Local Habitat affiliate guide
The local Habitat affiliate guide provides local Habitat affiliates with advice on organizing and planning Act! Speak! Build! Week in partnership with local youth.

Youth Programs advocacy tool kit
The Youth Programs advocacy toolkit (.pdf) provides more information on advocacy and guidance for hosting an incredible Act! Speak! Build! Week.

Media relations tools
The following resources can help you gain attention for your group’s Act! Speak! Build! Week and the work of Habitat for Humanity.

Suggested activities and events
In order to advocate, you need to make a specific request to lawmakers and elected officials. At each event, ask participants to write letters or sign petitions in support of your request.

  • Host an advocacy event
    Organizing an advocacy event on your school campus or in your community.
  • Host a candlelight vigil
    A candlelight vigil is a great way for groups to reflect on poverty and the impact it has on our lives, the community and the world.
  • Use the Welcome Home Housing Simulation
    Use the Welcome Home Housing Simulation during Act! Speak! Build! Week to raise awareness of the issues surrounding poverty housing. Each participant is assigned a role as a representative of a housing entity or as a homeless individual searching for housing.
  • Provide handouts
    Looking for a way to explain important advocacy issues simply? Use the Secure Tenure 101(.pdf) and Housing Trust Funds 101(.pdf) handouts.
  • Paper house campaign
    Children as young as 5 can advocate for an end to poverty housing using the paper house campaign.
  • Panel discussions
    Panels are a great way to invite elected officials to your community. Learn how to organize a panel discussion.