Making a Difference All Year Long
Date: Thursday, September 22nd
Location: Little America Hotel, Salt Lake City
Luncheon and Program: Noon – 1:30
(Program will start promptly at noon)
2016 Children’s Champions
Representative V. Lowry Snow
Utah Moms for Clean Air
Master of Ceremonies
Ken Verdoia, KUED TV
Children's Champion: Representative V. Lowry Snow
Rep. Snow (R–Santa Clara) is a firm believer in providing children with every opportunity for success. During the 2016 Utah legislative session, Rep. Snow sponsored House Bill 42, which proposed allocating $17.5 million in ongoing funds for competitive grants that school districts could use to expand full-day kindergarten programs. H.B. 42 was geared toward helping students who are most in need academically, students from low-income families, and others at risk of learning struggles. Rep. Snow was deeply disappointed when H.B. 42 was tabled, but he continued to advocate for investments in early childhood education as a vocal supporter of Senate Bill 101, which passed and is now helping to expand access to high-quality Pre-K for children experiencing intergenerational poverty across the state. Rep. Snow also championed juvenile justice reforms which ended life sentences without opportunity for parole for juveniles. “We have to remember,” Rep. Snow is fond of saying, “that it’s all about the kids.”
Children's Champion: Utah Moms for Clean Air
Utah Moms for Clean Air members describe themselves as “uncompromising defenders of our children's health.” Their intent is simple — to ensure that their children, whose lives are entrusted to them, have a healthy environment in which to grow and flourish. Adriane Andersen wrote in Catalyst Magazine, “UMCA members pride themselves in their unique approach to engaging in political battle. With a baby on a hip and the occasional baked good in hand, these moms favor an attack strategy that features good manners, sit-down conversations, and actively engaging those they’re trying to win over... Talk about a breath of fresh air.” Utah Moms for Clean Air has been advocating for better air quality in Utah since 2007. In December of 2015, UMCA took their calls for better air quality to the international stage. They sent a delegation, complete with youth ambassadors, to attend the 21st Conference of the Parties — the historic United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change — in Paris, France.
Keynote Speaker: Thurl Bailey
Most Utahns know Thurl Bailey for his role on the basketball court for the Utah Jazz. But Thurl is a gifted inspirational singer and songwriter, and is currently a broadcast analyst for the Utah Jazz and the University of Utah. His other awards include the N. B. A.'s prestigious J. Walter Kennedy Community Service Award, the Utah Association for Gifted Children Community Service Award, Sigma Gamma Chi Fraternity's Exemplary
Manhood Award, The Great Salt Lake Council of the Boy Scouts of America's American Champion Award, and the Italian League's 1998 All Star Games' Most Valuable Player. One of Thurl's favorite activities is the non-profit youth basketball camp he has led for over 17 years. His camps teach important life skills and have now been expanded to the corporate world to help businesses build winning teams and effective leaders.
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?
Make a tax-deductible donation to Voices for Utah Children—or join our Network with a monthly donation of $20 or more. Network membership includes complimentary admission to Network events with food, socializing, and opportunity to meet child advocacy experts. And don't forget to join our listserv to stay informed!
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.