A Voice for Utah Children in 1985 and Today

12 August 2015 Written by  

We’re celebrating the 30th anniversary of Voices for Utah Children, so I was pleased to find a 1985 article about Voices for Utah Children in the Salt Lake Tribune microfilm archive—written 30 years ago, right at the beginning of the organization’s existence.

From its inception, Voices for Utah Children was “dedicated to the protection of Utah's most vulnerable population…the state’s youth.”1

Norma Matheson, a former First Lady of Utah who served as honorary chair of Voices for Utah Children in 1985, explained why the children of Utah needed an organization like Voices for Utah Children:

“[Children] don't vote and they don't have an organized lobbying group as such. While there are several fine organizations zeroing in on specific problems and providing services, they are all spread a little too thin to serve as advocates. If Utah Children can be a coordinating voice—a group which articulates the needs—then a partnership can emerge between the advocates and the resource people.” Matheson added that children in poverty need particular attention from advocates.1

As I read these words today, three decades later, I am impressed with how well Voices for Utah Children has honored the vision of its founders. For 30 years now, Voices for Utah Children has called on our state, federal and local leaders to put children’s needs first. But the work is not done. The children of 30 years ago now have children of their own. Too many of these children are growing up in poverty, without access to healthcare or quality educational opportunities. How can you be involved?

We look forward to the future of Voices for Utah Children and we hope you will be a part of our next 30 years.

  1.    Source: Melich, Nancy. December 22, 1985.  A Voice for Utah Children. Salt Lake Tribune

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For 30 years now, Voices for Utah Children has called on our state, federal and local leaders to put children’s needs first. But the work is not done. The children of 30 years ago now have children of their own. Too many of these children are growing up in poverty, without access to healthcare or quality educational opportunities. How can you be involved?

We look forward to the future of Voices for Utah Children and we hope you will be a part of our next 30 years.

Special thanks to American Express for sponsoring our 30th Anniversary Year. Amex

April Young Bennett 300April Young Bennett, Communications Director, joined the organization in 2014. She received her Master of Public Administration from the University of Arizona and her Bachelor in Community Health Education from Utah State University. Prior to joining Voices for Utah Children, April worked for the Utah Department of Health for over a decade, addressing health disparities among minorities and other underserved Utahns. She completed internships and fellowships with the VA Salt Lake City Health Care System, the Center for Applied Behavioral Health Policy and the U.S. Senate.