FAQ about the Movement:
1. What is the Alabama Children’s Movement?
The Alabama Children’s Movement is an organized effort dedicated to bring together individuals, organizations and businesses across the state who are interested in improving the well-being of children in Alabama.
But, like all movements, the Alabama Children’s Movement needs time to grow and to mold itself into a structure that is best for its members. As the Movement grows, members will be able to connect with each other, share their stories and information, ask questions, receive information on all types of children’s issues, gain access to tools to maximize their advocacy efforts and receive support from people and entities all over the state who are seeking to do what’s best for our children.
2. Why a Movement?
Is it GFK? : Is it good for kids? That’s the central question that the Movement wants everyone in Alabama — especially our legislators — to ask themselves before making any decision.
Alabama’s children are 25% of our population and 100% of our future. They are our workforce, consumers and leaders of tomorrow.
Yet year after year, our policymakers at state-wide and, in many cases, local levels have not made Alabama’s children a priority. Our children rank poorly in economic well-being, education, health and family and community categories, when compared with the rest of the U.S. Although the efforts of many dedicated organizations and individuals seem to be helping improve these indicators, we still have a long way to go for our children.
There are many organizations across the state doing what we can to improve the lives of our children. But we are fractured. We need a way to unite together for children. When we work together to improve the well-being of the children in our communities, we can move forward as a state.
3. Who started the Alabama Children’s Movement?
The Movement is an initiative of VOICES for Alabama’s Children, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization established in 1992 with a determination to lead child advocates and ensure that children in Alabama have the best chance to succeed in life. As the first and only organization to document the well-being of our children in all 67 counties in Alabama, VOICES has seen first-hand the issues that our children are facing and the efforts that so many are making to better the lives of every child in Alabama.
4. When did the Alabama Children’s Movement begin?
In 2010, VOICES for Alabama’s Children, recognizing a strong need for a network of citizens, organizations and businesses interested in the well-being of our children, began working on growing a Movement in the state. After hosting a state-wide conference in 2011 and following up with those individuals and organizations in attendance, VOICES was able to determine a name, a clear vision and mission and a pledge for the Movement. In September of 2012, the Alabama Children’s Movement Facebook page was launched to create excitement about the Movement and to begin connecting members. Beginning in October of 2012, VOICES hosted a series of six regional meetings all over the state, open to everyone. From those, VOICES was able to take its next steps to grow the Movement based on the needs of the people of Alabama.
5. How can I help?
- Sign the pledge and become a member of a network dedicated to the children of Alabama…and encourage others to do the same.
- “Like” our Facebook page and receive the latest information about child well-being in Alabama and interact with us and other members to help shape the Movement.
- Give us feedback on what priorities are important to you, share your stories and let us know what the Movement can do to help!