Your Voice Counts for Kids

CJ and DadWhat is Children First/CIS Advocacy? It 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?

Click here to see some of our campaigns and links.

How to Make Your Voice Count For Kids:

1. Sign up for our  ADVOCACY ALERT email-newsletter

2. Follow us on Twitter @CFCISAdvocacy

3. Watch our training videos.

2012-2013 Advocacy Outcomes:

Over 550 signatures or emails were delivered this year to support our advocacy message to policy makers.

  • Provided advocacy training/workshops and issue presentations reaching over 150 people.
  • In close partnership with Just Economics, we passed a city living wage ordinance for city employees and contract employees in June 2013. Additionally, the campaign won passage of a county ordinance to pay living wages to county employees in 2012.
  •  The Success Equation delivered 88 petition signatures to BCS Board of Education in support of the Summer Meals Program. When the program was announced for summer 2013, we connected volunteers to host a summer meals site in the Emma Community that served over 1,000 meals to children.
  • The Success Equation collected and delivered 100 petition signatures and letters to Asheville City Council to support increased funding for the Housing Trust Fund and maintaining existing City Transit service during the FY13-14 budget process. Staff spoke at council budget hearings on these issues.
  • 2012 Success Equation voter education activities included:
  •  Distributed over 9,000 copies of a nonpartisan Voter Guide with a companion website. The guide was co sponsored by Democracy NC and 11 local nonprofits. The website had over 1,500 unique visitors and 5,700 page views before Election Day.
  • We called 279 registered voters living in areas around our three Learning Centers to encourage them to vote. 91% of the 204 voter pledges voted, compared to 68% statewide and 69% Buncombe County

Greg Borom– Directory of Advocacy
(828) 423-0698
fax: (828) 281-3308

gregb@childrenfirstbc.org

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