Mark Your Calendars Now for Your Step Up for Kids Event
Every Child Counts, Every Child Matters in Iowa, and the Iowa Association for the Education of Young Children are partners once again this year on Step Up for Kids events. Thank you to all who were involved in the campaign last year. We are at it again!
Join us for Advocacy Training, “How to Make Your Vote Count, “ Media Event, & Free Lunch!
All events will begin at 10:00 a.m. and end by 1:30 p.m.
Save the date for the location nearest you:
Monday, September 17 – Clinton
Happy Joe's Pizza
408 South First Street, Clinton, Iowa
Tuesday, September 18 – Iowa City
Iowa City Public Library
123 South Linn Street, Iowa City, Iowa
Wednesday, September 19 – Marshalltown
Marshalltown Public Library
105 West Boone Street, Marshalltown, Iowa
Thursday, September 20 - Des Moines
Plymouth Congregational Church
4326 Ingersoll, Des Moines, Iowa
Friday, September 21 – Storm Lake
Lake Shore Cafe
1520 North Lake Avenue, Storm Lake, Iowa
To register for any event, please send your name, home address (including zip code), email address, organization name, and which city you will be attending to:
Last year, upwards of 150 children’s advocates attended Step Up for Kids Week events in five communities across Iowa.
“It was very interesting and informative!” and “What a great campaign!” were just a sampling of the comments shared with presenters, Sheila Hansen of Every Child Counts and Tom La Pointe of Every Child Matters/Iowa during the Step Up For Kids week in Davenport, Cedar Rapids, Mason City, Sioux City and Des Moines.
The interactive 3 hour sessions, including time to talk over lunch, provided great opportunities to share information on How To Make Your Vote Count for Iowa’s Children during the current election season. The “It’s About Our Kids” website – www.itsaboutourkids.org, a one stop shopping experience for kids’ issues during the current Iowa elections, was demonstrated and an advocacy session outlined the “How To” of lobbying during the upcoming legislative session at the Statehouse in Des Moines. The Iowa General Assembly website was demonstrated and shown to be a useful tool for Iowa’s children’s advocates.
The re-occurring theme in all the Step Up For Kids events in all five communities was improving on our collective advocacy on behalf of Iowa children and families with all elected officials in Washington, D.C. or at the State Capitol in Des Moines.
This year’s Step Up For Kids week was built on five similar events in Iowa last year.
All participants learned about the advocacy in elections and the legislative process, how to reach their own legislators and how to become a more complete and effective advocate on behalf of children. All in all, according to Every Child Matter’s Tom LaPointe, “We learned much from each other, so as to become better advocates for children”.
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