It is with mixed feelings that I write one of my final entries in this news feed. Next week will be my final week with Voices for Ohio's Children and then I will be moving on to a new position with the Family and Youth Law Center at the Capital University Law School. It has been a privilege to work with all of you on behalf of Ohio’s 2.6 million children and I am proud of the work we have done together. I have learned so much in my three years with the organization and will definitely be bringing Voices’ commitment to improving the lives of kids and families with me to my new position as Social Work Projects Manager at FYLaw.
In the coming months, you will see some new faces and changes at Voices. In fact, we're hiring! Check out the link for our new Policy Associate position below.
In the meantime, I encourage you to keep checking back here for updates and news on issues impacting kids and urge you stay active in the policy space. September promises to be chaotic month with CHIP and MIECHV up for reauthorization, the federal budget up for debate, the debt ceiling looming, and healthcare reform still on the table. And that's just the federal level! Stateside, the Ohio Senate is preparing to vote on the House's overrides of Governor Kasich's budget vetoes (including on some Medicaid provisions), schools will be starting back up with new truancy reforms in place, the opiate crisis continues to build, Governor Kasich has continued his calls for bi-partisan cooperation on healthcare reform, and the 2018 election is starting to heat up.
There is so much at stake for kids. After all, our children are the ones who will be most impacted by these policies. Children are the ones who benefit most from investments and improvements in early care and education, preventative healthcare, nutrition assistance, reformed criminal justice systems, and afterschool programming. And, they are the ones who will face the consequences when our leaders cut corners and delay tough decisions.
And yet, kids have no say in any of this. They passively inherit the world that has been created. Created today by us. So, it is up to us to give children in Ohio the voice they deserve in this process that affects them so personally.
Interested in doing your part? Click Here to learn about Voices Policy Associate Position