While Florida’s and the nation’s attention is rightfully focused on the latest school shooting in Texas, we want to also bring wide attention to the formal request for Florida to reconsider its decision to move away from administering the federal Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS). In case you missed it, here are some of the latest news articles on this important issue: Orlando Sentinel Tampa Bay Times Florida Politics For the past 30 years, data from YRBS has been used broadly among numerous organizations in developing intervention and prevention strategies that better serve children and families.
Kottkamp and Guzman Team with American Children’s Campaign to Rebuild the “Big Tent” for Everyday Children
American Children’s Campaign is bringing together a new multipartisan coalition called TEAM FUTURE, chaired by Florida’s 17th Lt. Governor Jeff Kottkamp with Latino Leadership Executive Director Marucci Guzmán as Vice-Chair, to generate seamless, best practice-based policies that fix root causes, rather than symptoms, of challenges faced by Florida’s everyday children. Kottkamp points to child welfare improvements such as best interest representation in dependency court, a child marriage ban, expungement of juvenile records and the recently passed Fatherhood Initiative as exceptionally good policy changes in recent years. “But more progress for more children is needed,” he said. “The welfare of our children should be our highest priority in Florida.” The collaboration ...Read More
Central to our commitment to advance equity for all children and families, we are excited to announce three new members have joined our Board of Directors: Diego Corzo, Jilla Tombar and Shelley Katz. Diego Corzo is a Forbes-featured millennial realtor/investor and TEDx speaker living in Austin, TX; Jilla Tombar is the strategic partnerships officer for the Greater New Orleans Foundation; and Shelley Katz is chief operating officer at Victor Community Support Services/Victor Treatment Centers in the greater Los Angeles metropolitan area. “Broadening the diversity of our board is critical for American Children’s Campaign to continue staying abreast of challenges faced by everyday children and families,” stated Leon Russell, ...Read More