Our Children Our Future

DAWG joins with over 80 other organizations throughout the state of West Virginia in a coalition to raise WV children out of poverty. The WV Healthy Kids and Families Coalition spearheads the West Virginia Campaign to Raise Children Out of Poverty. The Facts Thirty percent (30%) of West Virginia boys and girls under age 6 live in poverty. Our state also has the highest rate of 16-19 year-olds who are neither in school, nor in the labor force.  Research in brain development shows that social, emotional and cognitive development is shaped in early childhood and has a lifelong effect.  Poor kids are 5 times more likely to have children outside marriage, twice as likely to be arrested, and nearly 3 times as likely to have severe health problems. Poor kids also end up earning incomes less than half those of their counterparts.  Taking care of our most vulnerable children is not only the right thing to do; it is the best way to help our state’s health, welfare, and economy in the long run.  To do this, we are building an organized, statewide voice of kids and families to advocate for the changes they need. The Goals             Over the next year, as we begin this campaign, our goals are to:
  • Organize a broad coalition across race, religious, geographic, and ideological lines.
  • Survey and mobilize a base of families and kids to share their stories and lead this campaign.
  • Research and develop a  policy  agenda.
  • Create and begin to act on a legislative strategy for achieving our policy goal.
Throughout 2013 there will be community meetings, regional forums, and conferences.  You can visit DAWG's Calendar of Events or sign up for our Yahoo group to find dates and locations in your area.   For information more, contact WV Healthy Kids & Families director Stephen Smith (ssmith@wvhealthykids.org, 304.610.6512)

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