People of faith are called by that faith
to speak for all children.
May 13, 2009
MAY IS NATIONAL FOSTER CARE MONTH
ICM SUPPORTS 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 be held Wednesday, June 10 at 6:30 p.m. at Georgia State University's Rialto Center for the Arts in downtown Atlanta.
Approximately 300 youth will be honored for having beat the odds and overcoming many obstacles in order to attain scholastic success in their academic endeavors. This is a free event, and the public is invited. The event is sponsored by the Georgia Department of Human Resources, Department of Family and Children Services, Independent Living Program, The Young Lawyers Division of the State Bar of Georgia, numerous private businesses and a host of community based non-profit organizations.
And, now, the Interfaith Children's Movement has joined the above organizations in saluting these youth who are living testimonies to endurance and commitment. We invite each of you to help us celebrate this joyous occasion.
HOW CAN YOU HELP?
1. Join the ICM COE Volunteers Team and commit to assisting at the event on June 10.
2. Also, we are asking persons to have their faith communities donate gift cards and gift certificates that can be placed in the students' "graduation packets."
Let us help make June 10, 2009, an especially positive and memorable day for these well-deserving youth. Please contact Pamela Perkins at 770-498-2141 or send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org to sign up as a volunteer and to find out more information about donating gift cards and gift certificates. We will be holding a volunteers session prior to the event to ensure that the ICM team is ready for duty on June 10.
Go to http://www.celebrationsofexcellence.org/ for more information about the Celebration of Excellence program.
JUVENILE JUSTICE MATTERS:
SCHOOL TO PRISON PIPELINE
From Georgia Appleseed - When My Child is Disciplined at School: A Guide for Families
"As part of its continuing focus on effective parental involvement to benefit students and schools, Georgia Appleseed is pleased to offer its new handbook, When My Child is Disciplined at School: A Guide for Families. The guidebook is intended as a tool to help parents and guardians throughout Georgia to become informed advocates for their children when dealing with school discipline policies."
Please avail yourselves of this information. Share it with the parents and guardians in your faith community. Please contact ICM if you are interested in hosting a School to Prison Pipeline information session at your faith community. Please call 770-498-2141 or send an e-mail to email@example.com.
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.
JOIN ICM and the effort to improve the well-being of Georgia's children. Make a tax-deductible contribution today.
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Voices for Georgia's Children's
May 19, 2009
9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
Register today for an exciting and timely Georgia Children's Advocacy Network end-of-session wrap-up meeting on Tuesday, May 19 from 9 to 11 a.m. to learn about strategic messaging that can gain traction during the present budget fallout.
In addition to messaging strategy by Guy Molyneux of Hart Research Associates, Tommy Hills, chief financial officer for the Governor's Office, will discuss and answer questions on the state's budget.
A Future.Not a Past.
May 19, 2009
12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.
RSVP BY THURSDAY MAY 14TH!
N. Avenue Presbyterian Church
607 Peachtree Street, NE
Atlanta, GA 30308
Senators Jack Murphy & Renee Unterman
Tom Rawlings, Office of the Child Advocate
Liz Hanfelt, Community Volunteer
Moderated by Janice Barrocas, lobbyist for A Future. Not A Past.
$10 fee covers lunch. Free Parking. Enter lot from Courtland or North Ave. Take elevator to 3rd floor.
Mark Your Calendar Worthwhile Events by ICM,
ICM Partners & Others
Sunday, May 17
Celebrate Israel! Festival an Atlanta Community Festival & Celebration from 12-6 PM at MJCCA Zaban Park. The Atlanta community gathers to celebrate Israel's Independence Day (Yom Ha'Atzmaut) and to commemorate the historic occasion of Tel Aviv's 100th Anniversary. Admission: Children under 13: $4 each; Children 2 and under: FREE; Adults: $7 each. MJCCA Members will receive free coupons to be used at the Festival. Visit our website for complete details.
Thursday, May 21
7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
ICM Meeting at MUST Ministries at 1407 Cobb Parkway in Marietta, GA.
ICM invites Cobb County faith communities and others concerned with the well-being of Georgia's children to join us at MUST Ministries for an ICM meeting. ICM is growing the movement for children throughout Georgia.
Saturday, July 25
9:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Sunday, July 26
10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
16th Annual Asian Cultural Experience (ACE) at the Gwinnett Center, 6400 Sugarloaf Parkway, Duluth, GA 30097.
For more information go to: www.asianculturalexperienceinga.com
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 organizatons, 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.
Doing what we are called to do.
Doing what we are able to do.
Doing what must be done!