2018 Fall Child/Youth Advocacy Conference

November 15, 2018                  

Topnotch Resort,  Stowe, Vermont              


Voices for Vermont’s Children is presenting a one-day conference packed with information and resources to lay the groundwork for powerful policy advocacy on behalf of children. We’ll share current research about policies that improve children’s lives, and why it’s critical to keep the whole child in mind while pushing for comprehensive solutions. After lunch we’ll hone our skills with workshops on communications, building political power, and other legislative advocacy tools.

We are pleased to share that our keynote speaker is Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha. Dr. Mona is a pediatrician, medical educator, activist and author of What the Eyes Don’t See. She was named one of Time Magazine's Most Influential People in 2016 for her role in exposing the Flint, Michigan water crisis and her public health advocacy in response to the crisis.


Tentative Agenda

(Please note workshops are still in development)

8:30-9:00       Registration, coffee

9:00-9:15        Opening comments from Exec. Director Michelle Fay

9:15-10:00       Keynote: Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha

10:00-10:50    Plenary Panel Discussion - Austerity or Equity? You can't have both.

10:50-11:00     Break

11:00-12:30     Policy Panel Breakout Sessions (choose one):

Health - birth doulas, dental therapy, environmental threats, nutrition

Economic Security - Reach Up, family leave, minimum wage, child care 

Education-  Ethnic & social equity in schools, improving equity in education finance

Community & Family - juvenile justice, child protection

12:30 - 1:30      Lunch -  roundtable discussions and book signing by Dr. Mona 

1:30 - 2:30       Breakout Workshops (choose one):

A. Building Power 

B. From Austerity to Abundance - communicating our vision of a VT where kids thrive 

C. New Biennium: what you need to know to move legislation that matters to kids & families NOW

2:30-2:45        Break

2:45-3:45        Breakout Workshops (choose one)

A. Storytelling for Social Impact 

B. Nothing about me without me - engaging youth in policy decisions that impact them

C. Kids Count - Why data on children and youth matters

3:45-4:00       Wrap up & door prizes



Learn about sponsorship opportunities HERE.

Doug Racine