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It is 2050 - Advocates’ Response (Ability) to Shifting Demographics

June 24, 2010

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NCCP's interim director, Dr. Janice Cooper, will be the facilitator at the session "It is 2050 - Advocates’ Response (Ability) to Shifting Demographics" at the Voices for America's Children (Voices) Annual Forum on June 24rd, 2010.

It is the year 2050. The racial landscape of the United States has drastically changed in the last century. Census projections indicate that white children will no longer be the majority in 2050. As the demographics of our country change how do advocates intend to address racial disparities in the life of the child (school readiness, education, health, child welfare, and the juvenile justice system)? What preventative measures, policies, and practices need to be in implemented to meet the needs of the most vulnerable and often overlooked children? What evidenced-based strategies can advocates use to eradicate inequities, unify communities, and raise systems standards to ensure that all children have the best chance of success in 2050?

Voices’ annual member conference, Forum, is the seminal learning event that affords 61 Voices member organizations the opportunity to gain knowledge, experience professional enrichment, and make critical connections with colleagues across the United States. The forum provides a venue for information exchange between respected national experts, researchers, civic leaders and policymakers and Voices members who bring on-the-ground perspectives on child advocacy and children’s policy.

Voices for America’s Children is the nation’s largest network of multi-issue children’s advocacy organizations, spanning almost every state, the District of Columbia and the U.S. Virgin Islands. A nonpartisan and nonprofit organization, Voices promotes the well-being of children at all levels of government by acting as a catalyst for positive change in public policies affecting children, youth and families. Through collaboration with its network members and national office, Voices’ accomplishes its mission through six broad goals for public policy: school readiness, school success, equity and diversity, health, safety, and family economic success. Voices’ national office is a key facilitator for the network by acting as a central home where members can share information about new policy, new funding streams, best practices and challenges within different states. Voices leverages collective experience from the front lines of local, state and federal advocacy to impact children’s lives through policy creation, convening and targeted advocacy strategies.