At Voices for Children, we are passionate about fairness for all Nebraska kids. We have been and always will be the outspoken, independent voices for children and are committed to “telling the whole story” of Nebraska’s kids. Our work doesn’t happen one child at a time, but rather through policy changes that impact hundreds and thousands of children all at once.
Awareness, action, and policy change do not happen by accident or in isolation. Using thorough research and skilled advocacy, we tell the whole story of our state’s most vulnerable children to elected officials, members of the media, service professionals, and everyday Nebraskans. We work with them to create policies that help all children grow into healthy, successful adults.
While our work focuses on bigger picture policy change for kids – what we sometimes call the 35,000-feet or zoomed out view – we know there are people on the ground doing amazing things for kids in our communities every day. Their stories are the pieces that make up the whole story of children and youth that we’re trying to tell.
At our annual Spotlight Gala, we shine a light on the people and organizations that have gone above and beyond for kids, but we know that there are many, many more good things happening for kids than we can ever hope to recognize at a single event.
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. said that “Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that.” By shining a light on the people making a difference for kids, we begin to drive out the darkness for vulnerable children and youth. In our new “Shout out” series, I will highlight some of those people and organizations who are making a difference in the lives of kids every day.
Who or what group in your community is doing good work on behalf of Nebraska’s kids? Send us your shout out ideas by email (voices @ voicesforchildren.com) or leave them in the comments below.