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Has a Juvenile Record Labeled You or a Family Member for Life?

The Children’s Campaign is    seeking more ‘real-life’ stories   Florida may be known as the sunshine state, but a bright future is out of reach for many young people with juvenile arrest records. Even if the arrest does not lead to a conviction- and the majority of youth arrests do not-  just being arrested can often label youths as “trouble” for the rest of their lives. In Florida, juvenile records for many non-serious crimes are not expunged until age 24, and with other crimes it is delayed until they are 26.   Many Doors of Opportunity Are Closed to...

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New Year’s Resolution: Every Child School-Ready, No Matter Their Means

In Pinellas County, located on the west coast of Florida in the Tampa Bay area, the fabled first day of kindergarten is dawning brighter for more disadvantaged preschoolers. Since 2010, 30 percent more children from the subsidized child care population are showing up at school ready to learn, compared to 10 percent more in the general population. This means that the highest gains were made by children from poorer families residing in at-risk neighborhoods. In 2011, JWB began a strategic shift from simply funding child care slots to investing in high quality early learning. “The early learning improvements among Pinellas...

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Invest in the Next Greatest Generation

Julius & Maude Miller Scholarship Fund Fueling the development of the next generation of child advocates Julius and Maude Miller were loving, hard-working parents who rarely let a day go by without stressing to their children the value of a good public education. Upon their passing in 2004, their surviving children sought to honor their memory by recognizing the value of the education they had received and the Julius & Maude Miller Scholarship Fund (JMM) was born. Created solely for The Children’s Campaign, the fund provides a scholarship opportunity to students interested in advocacy and communications. In this way, the...

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AG Pam Bondi leads new HT Council

The Children’s Campaign was eager to attend the organizational session of the Statewide Council on Human Trafficking in Tallahassee on Monday August 18th. Led by Attorney General Pam Bondi, the Council is made up of 15 members.  The vice-chair is DCF Interim Secretary Mike Carroll.  Leveraging national, state, and local resources and engaging the voices of survivors, advocates, researchers, higher education and service providers, among others, to combat the evolving problem of human trafficking is the Council’s main goal. Members on the Council itself are law enforcement officers, prosecutors, legislators, community activists, human rights advocates, and executive branch leadership. In...

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186,688

The Children’s Campaign and its sister organization, Voices for Florida, have quietly received a lot of fanfare for expanding their capacity to reach a larger number of people about children’s issues and in a different way than in the past. This success has required innovation in both audience segmentation and delivery. The audience focus is what Children’s Campaign president Roy Miller calls politically aware Floridians; these are people who pay attention to what is going on in state and local government. Here’s the catch: while aware, they have told The Children’s Campaign through public opinion polling that they know very...

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Florida Fans Step Up for Kids

More than 30,000 fans packed Tropicana Field on Saturday night for the Tampa Bay Rays-Boston Red Sox baseball game.  A message on the jumbotron during pre-game festivities encouraged fans to “Step Up for Kids”. Fans of all ages were directed to the Community Corner hosted by Children’s Campaign staff, apprentices and volunteers.  Fans posed with various props using the tagline #IVoteforKids. The guest photographer was long time child advocate Jack Levine. Step Up for Kids in Florida – sponsored by The Children’s Campaign and Every Child Matters – is gearing up early to make an impact during the electoral cycle....

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Barcelo and Bundy in the News

The Children’s Campaign and Voices for Florida congratulate two of our longtime supporters and advisers on their recent accomplishments. Bruce Barcelo, a highly regarded state, national and international political consultant and valued counsel to The Children’s Campaign, was inducted in June into the Junior Achievement of North Florida Hall of Fame. Junior Achievement emphasizes the importance of education while providing students both experience and knowledge fundamental to future success in a business career. In addition to being an elite supporter of the JA program, Bruce has developed over a 20-year span an expertise on public opinion polling related to children’s...

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New Laws Aim to Protect
Victims of Sex Trafficking

Two new laws championed by The Children’s Campaign and the Delores Barr Weaver Policy Center will shape Florida’s treatment of child victims of sex trafficking. The first, formerly known as HB 7141, takes effect next week. It sets the stage to improve how the Department of Children and Families (DCF) assesses sexually exploited children and assists in their recovery. New guidelines have been set up for safe houses and safe foster homes that shelter and care for these child victims. Also under the law, special training will be required for certain employees working with exploited children, and a statewide council...

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Bill to Help Victims of Sex Trafficking
Awaits Governor’s Signature

The Children’s Campaign and the Delores Barr Weaver Policy Center call on Florida Gov. Rick Scott to sign HB 7141, further protecting and supporting domestic minor victims of sex trafficking.  The new legislation builds on the good Safe Harbor Act, which went into effect last year. Sponsors of the new legislation – Rep. Gayle Harrell, Chair of the House Healthy Families Subcommittee, and Sen. Eleanor Sobel, Chair of the Senate Children, Families and Elder Affairs Committee – showed vision and wisdom when steering the bill through the legislative process.  The governor can and should follow their lead to help children...

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Stay True to Yourselves

Think big. Start small. Never give up. That’s the advice longtime children’s advocate Roy Miller delivered to graduates in the School of Social Work at his alma mater, Florida State University. Miller, an alumnus of the social work program and president of The Children’s Campaign, told students – including two PAC apprentices – to expect stumbles and setbacks in the years ahead but to hold fast to their hopes, ideals and dreams. He started on a humble and humorous note, listing more important and prominent leaders who have been tapped for commencement addresses, such as Oprah Winfrey at Harvard last...

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