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Release Date: 04.09.2013 | Location: All Metro Atlanta | Organization: Voices for Georgia’s Children

Voices for Georgia's Children Receives $95,000 Grant from Blank Family Foundation

The Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation has awarded a three-year, $95,000 grant to Voices for Georgia’s Children to define statewide policy priorities for Vulnerable and Disconnected Youth and to develop and launch the advocacy strategy to support them.

Voices was created to be a powerful advocate for children and to inspire others to act on their behalf by developing a long-range plan to improve the well-being of children and build the leadership and public will to accomplish it.  To create a long-term agenda for children, Voices has selected five indicators of well-being that encompass safety, health, education, connectedness to the community, and employability.  To fulfill its mission, Voices provides research-based information, measures, collective voice, and proposed legislation to help guide decision makers towards supporting policies that ensure Georgia's children grow up to be healthy, educated, and productive citizens.

This grant will provide seed funding to develop and launch Voices' statewide policy agenda and advocacy strategy related to vulnerable and disconnected youth.  Building on an internal research paper from 2009, Voices will finalize the paper, re-engage community partners, and propose policy priorities with strong potential to improve Voices' measures of youth outcomes.

“There are many signals from children about their likelihood of disconnecting from positive relationships and dropping out of school,” said Pat Willis, Executive Director.  “Public policies can promote earlier interventions, stronger family supports, and greater collaboration among providers to get children back on track to success.” 

“This project will help to ensure that Georgia’s youth transition to a successful adulthood and that we have a competitive workforce,” said Blank Foundation President Penelope McPhee.  “Voices will provide a much needed policy piece to our existing programmatic investments.  Collectively, we see these immediate opportunities as a complement to their longer-term efforts around education reform, college access, and employability.”

About The Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation:
The Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation promotes positive change in peoples’ lives, builds, and enhances the communities in which they live.  The Foundation seeks innovative solutions that enable young people, families, and communities to achieve results beyond what seems possible today.  Formed in 1995, the Foundation invests in early childhood development, education, greenspace, and the arts, and leads giving programs for each of the Blank Family of Businesses, including the Atlanta Falcons.

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About Voices for Georgia’s Children:
Established in 2003, Voices for Georgia’s Children is a nonprofit child policy and advocacy organization that envisions a Georgia where children are safe, healthy, educated, employable, and connected to their family and community.  Its mission is to be a powerful, unifying voice for a public agenda that ensures the well-being of all of Georgia’s children.

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Contact Info

Contact Name: Pat Willis

Company: Voices for Georgia’s Children

Phone: 404-521-0311