People of faith are called by that faith
to speak for all children.
May 11, 2010
MAY IS NATIONAL FOSTER CARE MONTH
Support the Celebration of Excellence!
400 graduating foster care children need your help.
Make a donation of gift cards
Make a donation to the scholarship fund
Volunteer your services for and at the event on June 9
Read more about this opportunity in the article below. Let your generosity and hospitality be the difference in a child's life.
A few seats remain...
so we've added one more day of registration.
Register today, Tuesday, May 11!
INTERFAITH CHILDREN'S MOVEMENT
WELCOME & REDEDICATION CELEBRATION
The honor of Your presence is requested. We gather to welcome and celebrate you and the children we serve; and to renew our commitment to do what we are called to do; do what we are able to do; and do what must be done for children.
"Coming Together for All Children"
Interfaith Children's Movement
Welcome and Rededication Celebration
Thursday, May 13, 2010
6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
(Registration begins at 6:00 p.m.)
Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Atlanta
1911 Cliff Valley Way, Northeast
Atlanta, GA 30329
(Please go to www.uuca.org for driving directions.)
Dinner will be served.
(you must log onto the Web site first to register via the Web site Calendar);
or send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org;
or call 770-498-2141.
This is a great opportunity for child advocacy and other child well-being organizations to provide information about the work you're doing to help children in Georgia.
Please let us know that you're coming.
(This is a free event.)
ICM CALLS UPON FAITH COMMUNITIES TO SUPPORT THE "CELEBRATION OF EXCELLENCE"
The "Celebration of Excellence" is an annual statewide event that honors and recognizes youth in Georgia's foster care system who will graduate from high school, vocational school, GED programs or college. This year's event will celebrate some 400 foster care youth and will be held Wednesday, June 9, 2010, at 6:30 p.m. at Georgia State University's Rialto Center for the Arts in downtown Atlanta. Victoria Rowell will be the keynote speaker.
HOW CAN YOU HELP?
ICM is calling upon faith communities to help us support this joyous occasion by participating in the following ways:
1. Start a $1 per member scholarship campaign at your faith community to help give scholarships to graduating foster care children who will be attending college or technical / vocational school. Less than three percent of foster care children go to college after graduating high school. (The scholarships will be given to the post-secondary institution on behalf of the student.)
2. Donate gift cards in increments of $25 to help students with purchasing supplies they will need for school, work and home. Please remember that children who turn 18 while in foster care are said to have "aged out" and transition into independent living status. Our goal is to give each of the 400 children a gift card.
3. Join the COE Volunteers Team and commit to assisting at the event on June 9.
4. Come to the celebration and give love and support to these well-deserving youth. It is free and open to the public.
Let us help make June 9, 2010, an especially positive and memorable day. Please contact Pamela Perkins at 770-498-2141 or send an e-mail email@example.com to sign up as a volunteer and to find out more information about the $1 per member scholarship campaign and donating gift cards.
The South is now the first and only region in the nation's history to have both a majority of low income students and a majority of students of color enrolled in public schools. Four Southern states (Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Georgia) now have a majority of both low income students and students of color.
SPIRITUAL WITNESS FOR CHILDREN
One of the most important things faith communities can do for children is to pray for them.
Every child is a child of God and deserves justice and compassion. Every child deserves our prayers.
ICM encourages every faith community to become a spiritual witness for children. Hold a worship service in your church, synagogue, mosque or temple and invite others to join in praying for the well-being of all children.
ICM Mission and Goals
The Interfaith Children's Movement was formed in 2001 as an intentional association of individuals and communities of faith from all religious traditions.
The Interfaith Children's Movement strives to be a voice for all Georgia children, but especially the poor and marginalized whose voices are often unheard.
ICM works closely with Georgia's policy-oriented child advocacy organizations, such as:
Voices for Georgia's Children,
The Barton Child Law and Policy Clinic at Emory University,
Prevent Child Abuse Georgia and
A Future.Not a Past. (child prostitution prevention).
These organizations set the agenda for our advocacy work for children.
ICM's faith community members provide a megaphone to the legislature about what needs to be done for children.
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JOIN ICM and the effort to improve the well-being of Georgia's children. Make a tax-deductible contribution today.
TRAINING AND SERVICE OPPORTUNITIES
A FUTURE. NOT A PAST.
Saturday, May 15
8:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Become a Community Ambassador!
Join us at Word of God Ministries and learn how to use YOUR voice to raise awareness in YOUR community to help stop the prostitution of Georgia's children!
Word of God Ministries
3120 Donald Lee Howell
Atlanta, GA 30318
Continental breakfast will be served.
Please RSVP by Wednesday, May 12th to info@AFutureNotaPast.org.
Saturday, May 15
8:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Sunday, May 16
8:00 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.
Youth Workshop: Renovacion Juvenil at Holy Trinity Catholic Church (101 Walts Bank Rd, Peachtree City)
Boys and girls from 13-18 years old. The workshop will be conducted in Spanish and
is prepared and facilitated by Latino teens. It's a once in a lifetime opportunity to find yourself, gain leadership and communication skills and improve the relationship with your parents. Your experience will be profound, uplifting and FUN!
The cost $50.00 per person (non-refundable) and includes breakfast, lunch and snacks for both days.
Contact Michael Urbina at (678) 363-3079. Dare to live an experience that will transform your life!
CHILD SEXUAL ABUSE PREVENTION TRAINING
Who: The Georgia Center For Nonprofits and The Georgia Center for Child Advocacy
What: Stewards of Children
When: Ongoing on a monthly basis starting in May
Where: Various locations throughout Georgia
If your organization works with children in any capacity, you will not want to miss this informative training. Interested participants can register online by visiting Georgia Center for Nonprofitsor by phone at 678-916-3090.
Doing what we are called to do.
Doing what we are able to do.
Doing what must be done!