Our Children Our Future campaign

West Virginia Morning
7:50 am
Tue December 16, 2014

Fayette Co. Business Owners Discuss Impact of Boy Scout Amendment

On West Virginia Morning, citizens in Fayette County speak out against the Boy Scout Amendment that passed in November.  They tell lawmakers that they fear the amendment will have a negative economic impact for businesses in the county.  And children’s advocates reveal their legislative wish list at the state capitol yesterday.

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Child Poverty
9:52 pm
Mon December 15, 2014

Our Children, Our Future Campaign Reveals 2015 Legislative Agenda

Credit Liz McCormick / West Virginia Public Broadcasting

According the 2013 American Community Survey, one in three children in West Virginia under the age of 5 lives in poverty. It’s something the Our Children, Our Future Campaign to End Child Poverty in West Virginia is focused on. The group met at the state capitol yesterday to reveal the top ten priorities it will tackle during the 2015 Legislative Session.

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West Virginia Morning
8:14 am
Thu September 11, 2014

Advocates Hold Their Own Legislative Session

On West Virginia Morning,  an advocacy group takes over the House of Delegates chamber for its own mock legislative session and religious tolerance is the focus of a discussion in Morgantown. 

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Civic Engagement
3:30 pm
Wed July 23, 2014

Keys to Grassroots Policy Success: Wide Net, Narrow Focus

Citizens participate in the Northern West Virginia Regional Policy Workshop and Community Training in Clarksburg
Credit Sarah Lowther Hensley

If you spend any time at the West Virginia state capitol during the annual 60-day legislative session, you’ll notice many voices clamoring for the attention of our state’s part-time lawmakers.  All citizens are welcome to approach legislators with ideas and requests, but average citizens generally don’t have the time or the know-how to impact state policy decisions.  One grassroots initiative has been working to change that. 

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Our Children Our Future Campaign
4:55 pm
Mon July 7, 2014

Groups Offer Workshops on Shaping State Policy

Credit Facebook.com

A group working to change policy in West Virginia to improve communities and end child poverty in the state is hoping to get input on how to do it, from residents. Organizers at the Our Children Our Future campaign are hosting four workshops this month.

The Our Children Our Future Campaign is conducting day long trainings in four separate towns across West Virginia. The group touches on issues like policy advocacy, healthy lifestyles, voter education, and more.

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West Virginia Morning
9:00 am
Wed May 21, 2014

Vigil for Funding of Child-Family Programs, 'What's Next, WV?', & Enriching Schools Through the Arts



Child and family advocates are continuing their push at the statehouse for the restoration of 800 thousand dollars in state funds. West Virginia Center for Civic Life director Betty Knighton and Catherine Moore, an Appalachian Transition Fellow assigned to 'What's Next, WV? speak with Beth Vorhees about the new initiative. An Elkins couple is working to keep storytelling, history and music alive in Appalachia through their work in Randolph County Schools.

State Budget
3:34 pm
Tue May 20, 2014

Child, Family Advocates Continue Fight Over State Budget

Stephen Smith, executive director of the West Virginia Healthy Kids and Families Coalition, speaking at the vigil Tuesday.
Credit Ashton Marra / West Virginia Public Broadcasting

Child and family advocates are not giving up their fight to restore more than $800,000 in funding cut from service programs across the state. A vigil, spearheaded by the Our Children, Our Future campaign, took to the State Capitol Tuesday morning to have their message heard.

Executive Director for the Healthy Kids and Families Coalition Stephen Smith stood in the lower rotunda of the Capitol surround by fellow social service advocates holding signs. Some contained countless purple ribbons representing families expected to lose services if the cuts aren’t restored, others with 80 pink slips representing the number of jobs expected to be lost.

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