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.
(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.
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- topics TBD
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
2:45-3:45 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