Prioritizing Children in 1996 and Today

02 September 2015 Written by  

As we celebrate the 30th anniversary of Voices for Utah Children, we are looking back at great memories from the last three decades. These photos are from a Celebration of Children in 1996:

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Voices for Utah Children encourages policymakers to put children first and works with partners across Utah who care about Utah kids. Pictured below, partners learn how to advocate effectively on behalf of children to the Utah Legislature at the Utah Children Advocacy Academy in 1998:


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Over the years, Voices for Utah Children has helped bring about several pro-child legislative initiatives. Pictured below, Voices for Utah Children supported legislation to track and study intergenerational poverty which became law in 2013. Poverty is the single greatest threat to a child's well-being.


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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.