Celebrating Children and Youth Day is an annual event sponsored by several child- and youth-serving agencies and child-advocacy groups. Hundreds of children and youth will be on hand for the day, which includes advocacy training and meetings with legislators. Youth speakers will give the State of Children Address. Children will also give share messages they have for state leaders at the event. Their messages will be written on file folders, which will then be deposited in an empty filing cabinet symbolizing the currently-inactive Children’s Cabinet.
Also on Tuesday, New Mexico Voices for Children will release the 2014 New Mexico KIDS COUNT Data Book at 10 a.m. in the Capitol Rotunda. And while a "data book" may sound as exciting as watching paint dry, this one is actually a vital, meaty compilation of the latest data on a variety of indicators of child well-being, within New Mexico and nationally. The report, published by the Annie E. Casey Foundation, tracks our state's progress (or the lack thereof) on several key issues such as child poverty, preschool enrollment, health insurance coverage and teen pregnancy.
Sponsoring organizations for Celebrating Children and Youth Day include New Mexico Voices for Children, New Mexico Forum for Youth in Community, New Mexico Association for the Education of Young Children, SouthWest Organizing Project, ENLACE, and Generation Justice.
To learn more, contact Sharon Kayne, communications director for NM Voices for Children, at 505-244-9505, ext. 110; or firstname.lastname@example.org.