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Resolve to Speak Up for Kids in the New Year!

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This time of year is filled with good intentions and goals for the coming year. In the past I’ve resolved to exercise regularly, to engage my son in more educational activities, to spend more time with my remaining grandparents, and even to learn to cook better. While I’ve had mixed success in actually implementing these resolutions (in reality, they all deserve to be on my list again this year!), the process of thinking through my priorities and setting clear intentions feels productive and affirming.

Given the multiple challenges facing Colorado kids in 2012 – schools being asked to do more with less, lack of access to adequate, healthy food, a prolonged economic recession that is pushing more kids and families into poverty, among others – my major resolution for the year is to speak up for kids. Since children can’t vote, it’s critical that people who care about kids use their voices to advocate on their behalf.

Fortunately, organizations like the Colorado Children’s Campaign make it easy and accessible to take action on behalf of kids, whether you have five minutes, five hours or more to dedicate to the cause. The Children’s Campaign’s weekly KidsFlash e-newsletter provides valuable, up-to-date information about local and national children’s issues. And when something needs immediate action – like a call or email to elected officials – the Children’s Campaign sends an action alert making it easy to speak out. (I wish someone would make going to the gym this easy!)

If your New Year resolutions include speaking up on behalf of kids and their interests, you can join the Children’s Campaign and Children’s Hospital Colorado on Thursday, February 9, 2012 for “Speak Up for Kids’ Health at the Capitol”. We’ll start with a discussion at the Children’s Campaign’s offices focused on pending bills that could impact kids, how the state legislature functions and how you can ensure kids are a top priority for lawmakers. Then we’ll go to the Capitol so you can put the information to use directly with your elected officials. This free event includes breakfast and lunch, and your children are welcome to join us (no need to find a sitter.) Our agenda includes kid-friendly activities to engage them while you participate.

All children should be able to get the care they need, when they need it, without unpredictable costs or barriers. That’s why your voice matters – decisions about your child’s health and the health of children in your community are too important to be left solely to others. We hope you’ll join us on February 9, 2012 to tell your legislators what issues matter most to you and your family.

What are your New Year resolutions? Will you join me and other moms in speaking up for kids?

Guest blogger Jacinta (Jacy) Montoya Price is the Community Groups Coordinator at the Colorado Children’s Campaign. Supporting parents to become effective advocates is just one example of the way the Children’s Campaign strives to ensure a level playing field for all of Colorado’s more than 1.2 million kids. To get involved in the work of the Colorado Children’s Campaign, visit www.coloradokids.org.

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Comments
  • comment avatar Mary Ann Hogan January 4, 2012

    What a great article! You make it so much easier for us to be involved by doing so much of the work yourselves and then it can be as simple for us as just showing up in support! I also appreciate how Colorado Children’s Campaign welcomes our input so we can all be a team to make Colorado better for all the children. Thank you for your important work and for keeping us inspired and informed!!

  • comment avatar kia January 5, 2012

    One of my best memories from 2011 was taking my infant to the State Capitol where I was testifying to a committee reviewing the direct-entry midwife law. For those not sure on where to start for what they want to advocate for I am glad that campaigns like the one in this article exist.

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