Join us for our 2021 Annual Fundraiser, presented by Goldbug

Written by: Children's Campaign
Date Posted: September 17, 2021

Our 2021 Annual Fundraiser, presented by Goldbug, is fast approaching! On Oct. 8 from 4-6 p.m., join us for a conversation that will focus on the issues in our education system laid bare by the pandemic and how we as advocates and social architects can draft a new blueprint for our K-12 schools. 

Keynote speaker Sharif El-Mekki, founder and CEO of the Center for Black Educator Development, brought to you by David and Laura Merage Foundation 

A nationally recognized principal and former U.S. Department of Education Principal Ambassador Fellow, Sharif El-Mekki’s work is devoted to developing ongoing learning opportunities for Black teachers and educators serving students of color. Before founding the Center, El-Mekki’s school, Mastery Charter Shoemaker, was awarded a number of accolades – including the prestigious EPIC award for 3 consecutive years of being amongst the top 3 schools in the nation for accelerating student achievement. In 2014, he founded The Fellowship: Black Male Educators for Social Justice, an organization committed to developing and retaining Black male teachers. El-Mekki is a member of the 8 Black Hands podcast, blogs on Phillys7thWard, and serves on numerous boards and committees focused on racial and educational justice. Read more about Sharif El-Mekki here. 

Special guest Gitanjali Rao, Time’s 2020 Kid of the Year 

Recognized as America’s Top Young Scientist, Gitanjali Rao is the inventor of Tethys—an early lead detection tool for which she received an EPA Presidential Award, Epione—a device for early diagnosis of prescription opioid addiction, and Kindly—an anti-cyberbullying service using AI and Natural Language processing. Rao was honored as one of Forbes’s “30 under 30 in Science” in 2019, and as one of America’s Top Youth Volunteers by Prudential in 2021 for the STEM workshops she conducts globally.  She is the author of the book “Young Innovator’s Guide to STEM.” Read more about Gitanjali Rao here 

For those ready to join us for an in-person conversation about education in Colorado, we will be hosting five regional watch parties. You can find the details on locations and times here. Be sure to purchase your tickets now, as venues have limited capacity in accordance with COVID-19 guidelines.  Unable to attend in person? You can still join us for the free, virtual program accompanying these watch parties, and please consider a donation. 

Thank you to our generous keynote sponsors, including David and Laura Merage Foundation; and Gold sponsors, Pikes Peak Community College, Alpine Bank, Arc Thrift Stores, D.A. Davidson, Denver Health, Lauren Schmidt, and Paul and Barbara Melinkovich; and Silver sponsors, Delta Dental, Connect for Health Colorado and Healthier Colorado Find our full list of sponsors here.  

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The Colorado Children’s Campaign is a nonprofit, nonpartisan advocacy organization committed since 1985 to realizing every chance for every child in Colorado. We advocate for the development and implementation of data-driven public policies that improve child wellbeing in health, education and early childhood. We do this by providing Coloradans with trusted data and research on child wellbeing and organizing an extensive state-wide network of dedicated child advocates. For more information, please visit