ECM-LI is delighted to introduce new staff members Lisa Votino-Tarrant, Donna Risbrook, and Kathryn Reed. They are going to be reaching out to Long Islanders to help enhance the voice, public and political will for children. Click here to read more about Lisa, Donna, and Kathryn.
*Don’t forget to check out our and pages.
Call to Action
|*Wear a step up for kids sticker while participating in your schools budget meetings. Call us at 631-885-8044 to get your sticker.
*Have your scouts hand out an “I’m Voting For Kids” bumper sticker with their cookie orders. Click here to receive free bumper stickers for your troops orders or for yourself.
|A Small Win for Advocates
|In February, the Obama Administration released its budget proposal for 2013. While not every federal children’s program is funded at the levels needed, the budget makes substantial new investments in areas supported by ECM. Click here to read more.
“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed people can change the world. Indeed. It is the only thing that ever has.”
~ Margaret Mead We live in a unique time in history. It is one rich with strife and angst, but also opportunity, joy, and creativity. It is what we choose to focus on and nurture that will carry our children through their lives. Click here to read more.
|Voice of the Month Interview—Meet Carol Burnett.
|Q Why do you feel our government should invest in kids?
A “Our government needs to invest in children to support initiatives that foster curiosity and a love of learning for our children in order for them to become educated, engaged and empowered members of the community/society/world.”
Q Why should others care about children’s issues?
A Education is the key to breaking the continuous cycle of poverty that is so evident in our country. Others need to care and support education which will inspire a child’s need to learn beyond limited boarders. Education is the key which unlocks the doors of hopes and dreams which will eventually lead to success.
*Carol is a finalist for a Contest where the Long Island Head Start could receive $10,000. Please click here to vote and support Long Island Head Start
|This Month’s Awareness: How YOU can help be a voice for kids!!
*We’ve talked about it for a while and it’s finally here! The staff at Every Child Matters-LI has created the, “ECM-LI Community Table”. It’s a place where individuals who’d like to help with the movement to spread a a non-partisan message about “Investing In Kids” come to be a voice for kids and to collaborate with others. Their goal is to enhance the voice, public and political will for children.
Here are some key facts about the Community Table:
*You can enhance your voice for kids in your own place or space.
*You have the option to attend quarterly meetings to build community solidarity and to collaborate with others on Island wide projects.
*You can pledge to use ECM-LI strategies for as short or as long as you can.
*There are ways for children, adults, families, groups, scouts, organizations, businesses, elected officials and so on to be involved.
*There are strategies for all.
Community Table Teams & Partnerships:
Members help bring a visible presence to infants and children’s issues on Long Island as well as voter awareness through paper messaging.
Members circulate the verbal ECM-LI message to Long Islanders by informing them that children need adults to be their voice. They communicate with local and state representatives in order to hold them accountable to children.
Partners (businesses, organizations, non-profits, etc.) collaborate with ECM-LI to bring awareness to specific childrens issues on Long Island. They enhance their current networks/members voice for children by incorporating ECM-LI awareness strategies.
Click Here to read more about the Table
Click Here to be part of the Table
Opportunities for the youth to get involved:
Quick Opportunities for all:
Click Here to find out about an awareness t-shirt pledge
Click Here to display awareness posters in your community or
Below are community events which are also places that you can wear your ECM awareness t-shirt (contact us to take the t-shirt pledge).
Who: Alliance for Quality Education
What: Albany Education Day Click here to read about it.
Who: Nassau and Suffolk Childcare Council’s
What: Long Island Early Care & Education Day in Albany. Click here to read about it.
Phone: Can’t make it, you can still support their efforts with a follow up phone call to Albany. Click here for call information.
Grants & Information
*ServiceVote is YSA’s U.S. election-year campaign to engage young people, ages 5-25, in the political proccess by connecting with their peers, voters, and candidates. Click here to read more.
*Race to Nowhere
Between March 5 and 11, 2012, in honor of National Sleep Awareness Week, “Race to Nowhere” will be available to physicians and medical professionals across the country via a free, online live stream. Click here
to read more.
*Stand and Deliver Contest Long Island Head Start will receive $10,000 from Merz Aesthetics, the sponsor of this contest with your support and vote. Click here to vote for Carol Burnett and the LI Head Start.
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LI Campaign Director