Voices for Alaska’s Children Action Center
A few weeks ago we announced the website for Voices for Alaska’s Children, a new grassroots, community movement that makes it easy for you to speak up on issues important to children and families in your community.
We hope you’ve had a chance to check out the new site. We especially want to be sure you’ve explored the Voices action center, where you can:
- Find – and contact – your elected officials. Sometimes the hardest thing about speaking up is knowing who to speak to! The Voices action center makes it easy to get the ear of the right decision makers. You can not only find your local, state and federal representatives, but you can also contact them right from the website!
- Get the inside scoop on proposed legislation, track existing bills and read up on the latest news related to children and families in Alaska.
- Make your voice count by following tried-and-true advocacy tips and guidelines.
The Voices website is also the access point for KIDS COUNT, the premier source for data on child and family wellbeing both in Alaska and nationwide. Through our KIDS COUNT data center, you can:
- Access data from the most trusted sources, find the most relevant statistics and compare your community with others.
- Use intuitive visual tools to easily create customizable maps, graphs and tables.
- Connect with data experts at the Annie E. Casey Foundation and throughout the KIDS COUNT grantee network.
- Expand your reach through social media.
- Encourage policies that support smart decisions about children and families.
Ready to raise your voice? Visit the Voices action center now and subscribe to our email list so we can keep you updated on news and ways you can get involved.
Want to support the work of Voices? Please consider making a donation to support our efforts.
Because even the littlest voices deserve to be heard.
Want to speak up on how potential new revenue sources impact Alaska families?
Have an opinion on how affordable health care is important to Alaska’s kids?
Have ideas about how to improve public education for our children?
There are so many issues and so many needs in our state, it can seem overwhelming. Hopeless. Helpless.
But it’s not. You have a voice. You can speak up. You can make a difference. We can help.
Voices for Alaska’s Children is a brand new grassroots, community movement supported by Alaska Children’s Trust and other community partners that makes it easy for you to turn up the volume on the issues you care about – whether that’s the PFD, health care, public education or anything else affecting you, your children, your clients or your community.
Through the Voices website, you can:
While you’re there, be sure to subscribe for Voices email updates so we can stay in touch on important issues and efforts. You can also follow Voices on Facebook.
Speak up! Join your voice with other Alaskans and let’s raise the volume on issues touching the lives of Alaska’s children, youth and families. Because even the littlest voices deserve to be heard.
One of the greatest barriers to achieving our mission of preventing child abuse and neglect is the complexity of the issue. There is no one cause nor any one solution. A key tool to overcome this barrier is data. Data assists in understanding the story behind the issue. It helps eliminate assumptions, stereotypes and removes the societal filters that can prevent us from getting to the root cause of an issue.
Earlier this year, Alaska Children’s Trust (ACT) became the home of KIDS COUNT Alaska. KIDS COUNT maintains the best available data and statistics on the educational, social, economic and physical well-being of children. Through this partnership, ACT will have one more tool to support the statewide efforts to ensure all children grow up in safe, stable and nurturing environments.
To ensure this program meets the needs of our state, ACT hired Denali Daniels & Associates, Inc. (DDA) to conduct a review of what is being done in other states, what has been done in Alaska to date, and to identify what opportunities exist for expanding the positive impact of the program. This process included three components:
- Phase 1: Best Practices Research
- Phase 2: Stakeholder Advisory Committee Convening
- Phase 3: Stakeholder Survey
This process identified three core areas for development to ensure KIDS COUNT Alaska continues to be a strong resource to Alaskans:
- Establish a statewide advisory committee that will be responsible to clearly define KIDS COUNT Alaska’s priorities, which provide the framework for a manageable set of indicators.
- Establish a process that makes Alaska data more easily accessible, specifically utilizing technology.
- Build organizational infrastructure to support the work of the program.
Over the next year, it is the goal of ACT to grow our advocacy efforts and KIDS COUNT is just the beginning.
Learn more – read the full report.