Your Voice Counts for Kids
What is Children First/CIS Advocacy? Is is inspiring community action to build opportunity for children.
Laws, budgets, and regulations passed by our U.S. Congress, NC State Legislature, Buncombe County Commissioners, Asheville City Council, and local school boards impact the health, education, and safety of children everyday. By speaking up, we can make investments in children and youth the top priority for elected leaders.
Children First/CIS works to build a strong, local advocacy voice for our children, youth, and their families. When our leaders create policies that are good for children, it leads to better health, education, and safety for our whole community. Will you help us educate and inspire our leaders to put children first?
Join us to make your voice count for kids:
2. Follow us on Twitter @CFCISAdvocacy
3. Watch our training videos.
2011-2012 Advocacy Outcomes:
- Sent 22 e-mail alerts to educate and engage over 400 Advocacy Alert subscribers on policies such as the following: Promoting a balanced approach to the NC budget; Raising the age of adult sentencing; protecting child care subsidies for Buncombe County; and addressing childhood hunger
- Organized and published a 2011 candidate survey and voter guide for Asheville City Council elections. Thirteen local nonprofits co-sponsored the publication made available in print and online
- Worked on the following advocacy campaigns: Raise the Age of Juvenile Sentencing (in partnership with Action for Children NC), Promoting a Balanced Approach to the State Budget (in partnership with Together NC), Supporting Fair and Stable Funding for Child Care Subsidy in Buncombe County, Living Wage for City of Asheville Contract Employees (in partnership with Just Economics of WNC)
- Convened local volunteers to plan and implement the 2012 Action Plan for the Success Equation. The 2012 Child Watch Tour supported the Success Equation’s focus on early childhood education. The Tour educating 76 community stakeholders and leaders on issues related to access and affordability
- Worked with advocates and legislators from Haywood, Henderson, and Buncombe County to pass a budget amendment aimed to protect over $1 million to child care subsidies in Western North Carolina
- Continued to train other nonprofits and churches on effective nonprofit advocacy
Greg Borom– Directory of Advocacy
fax: (828) 281-3308