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The Empowered Advocate

Jun 3, 2019

The idea of "peer advocacy" is intimidating to some, and confusing to others. What do we really mean when we talk about peer advocates, and what actually happens inside an appointment with clients at the pregnancy center? We cover all that and more in this episode, an interview with volunteer Stacy Helt.


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Time stamps

0:00 - Introducing Stacy Helt, peer advocate at GPCC.

2:10 - What is a Peer Advocate?

3:30 - Stacy describes what an appointment looks like for an advocate

4:55 - What made you want to become a Peer Advocate?

6:53 - What were you most nervous or apprehensive about when you got started?

9:00 - How does someone become a Peer Advocate?

12:50 - What tips or strategies can you give for how to connect with clients in the first moments of an appointment?

15:38 - Why it’s important to us as an organization to share the gospel message

16:30 - How do you naturally transition into talking about the gospel with clients?

21:10 - What has been the most challenging part of being a Peer Advocate?

23:00 - What has been the most rewarding part of being a Peer Advocate? Stacy shares a story of when a client chose life.

24:55 - Stacy shares about the moments when a client chooses abortion, and how we can respond to it as Peer Advocates.

29:20 - The do’s and don’ts of communicating with clients.

33:55 - How can a Peer Advocate provide tactful and gentle constructive feedback when a client expresses a viewpoint that is incorrect?

39:25 - How do advocates go about following up with clients post-appointment?

43:20 - Stacy shares how advocacy has impacted her personally.

45:34 - What advice would you give to someone who is interested in becoming a Peer Advocate?