Announcing our Annual Luncheon Keynote Speaker: Author and Activist Wes Moore

annualmoorePotential is universal; opportunity is not. From his work with youth in the juvenile justice system to the high school graduates he serves through BridgeEDU, from his college transition program for under-resourced students to his New York Times best-selling books, Wes Moore has seen this aphorism play out in real lives. He was raised by a single mom in a city where the sound of gunshots in his neighborhood was routine. Fortunately a strong support network steered him to graduate with honors, serve in the U.S. Army, work on Wall Street and become a White House Fellow for Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice. While Wes reached great heights, another Wes Moore, raised in the same neighborhood—at the same time—was sentenced to life in prison for murder.

Wes Moore studied International Relations at Oxford University as a Rhodes Scholar. He is the author of the book, The Work: My Search for a Life that Matters, in which he examines the impact we make when our greatest joys overlap with the world’s greatest needs. He is also the author of The Other Wes Moore: One Name, Two Fates, an examination of how a generation of boys trying to find their way in a hostile world.

Join us Dec. 7 for an inspiring discussion as Wes Moore challenges us to consider the question: How do we think differently about the lives of others, and how do we help people think differently about their own lives? Save the date on your calendar and stay tuned to KidsFlash for ticket information!

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Hundreds Inspired by Annual Luncheon Speaker to Tackle Childhood Adversity

Thank you to the nearly 800 community and business leaders, elected officials and child advocates who joined us at the Children’s Campaign’s 2014 Annual Luncheon Tuesday to hear Dr. Nadine Burke Harris reflect on her innovative approach to treating childhood adversity. The pediatrician said she’s confident that medical practitioners and early childhood experts will develop protocols and treatments to help offset the impacts of trauma and poverty on children within the next few decades.

“Our kids are not inherently broken, but they are manifesting symptoms of a toxin and that is adverse experiences,” said Dr. Burke Harris, adding that she envisions that a childhood adversity movement will follow similar public health movements to tackle lead poisoning, smoking and childhood leukemia. “If we understand the mechanism, we can develop solutions… We have the resources, technology and wherewithal to address adversity.”

Chris Watney, President and CEO of the Colorado Children’s Campaign, speaks with Dr. Nadine Burke Harris at the 2014 Annual Luncheon Tuesday. Photo by KelliePhoto.com
Chris Watney, President and CEO of the Colorado Children’s Campaign, speaks with Dr. Nadine Burke Harris at the 2014 Annual Luncheon Tuesday. Photo by KelliePhoto.com

Dr. Nadine Burke Harris is a pediatrician in the Bayview-Hunter’s Point neighborhood of San Francisco who has earned national attention for her innovative approach to medicine. At the Center for Youth Wellness, she incorporates behavioral and mental health treatment into pediatric primary care to ameliorate the critical impact trauma and poverty have on the long-term health of children in her community.

Dr. Burke Harris attempts to address the effects that adverse childhood experiences such as exposure to abuse, hunger, parental substance abuse or divorce, have on her patients. Addressing these issues during childhood can lower a child’s long-term risk of developing a lifetime of disadvantages, including lower academic achievement, and serious illnesses like diabetes, heart disease and cancer as adults.

The Annual Luncheon is one of the Children’s Campaign’s largest and most important events every year, bringing together influential community leaders to explore a pressing issue facing Colorado kids. This year, Children’s Campaign President and CEO Chris Watney hosted the conversation with Burke Harris to explore how she approaches childhood adversity as a public health crisis.

“We don’t wait until someone is consumed with a public health problem like tuberculosis before we treat it,” Burke Harris said. “That’s what is exciting for me: to approach this issue as a public health crisis, because we can solve it.”

Speaking before Dr. Burke Harris, Gov. John Hickenlooper thanked the audience of nonprofit, community and business leaders for playing a pivotal role in the rebounding Colorado economy. He also commended the Children’s Campaign, which will celebrate its 30th anniversary next year, for its contributions to improving the health and education of Colorado children.

“We’re setting the stage for the 30th anniversary by making sure the progress we’ve made is recognized,” Hickenlooper said.

Thank you to the many sponsors whose support makes the event possible, especially Presenting Sponsor Gary Community Investments, which includes The Piton Foundation.Special thanks also to the many people who used the Luncheon as an opportunity to join or renew membership in the Children’s Campaign’s special giving circle, the Champions’ Circle. For more on the 2014 Annual Luncheon:

 

Annual Luncheon Next Week!

We’re looking forward to seeing all of you who’ve registered for our Annual Luncheon on Tuesday. Registration is now closed, but we may have a limited number of tickets available at the door before the event.

If you’re not able to join us, we encourage you to learn more about our speaker, Dr. Nadine Burke Harris, and her innovative approach to addressing childhood poverty and trauma by screening patients for Adverse Childhood Experiences and toxic stress. We particularly enjoyed this video about Dr. Burke Harris’ work at the Center for Youth Wellness.

No Ordinary Lunch—A message from Circle of Friends President Lindsay Filsinger

In less than a month, the Colorado Children’s Campaign will hold its Annual Luncheon. I’ve purchased a table and will be bringing friends and colleagues to this event because it’s no ordinary lunch.

This year, we’ll share original art by teens on the Youth Action Board at Children’s Hospital Colorado. In their own voices, putting words to breathtaking photos they’ve taken, they encourage us to consider perspectives on mental health. Several of the teens will join us at the event.

We’ll also have the unique opportunity to hear from one of the strongest voices in pediatrics today talk about what we can do to literally heal our most vulnerable kids, including incorporating behavioral and mental health. Dr. Nadine Burke Harris is a pediatrician by training, but she sees her role as advocate and supporter of vulnerable kids extending well beyond the bounds of traditional medicine. Her work was featured in Paul Tough’s book How Children Succeed: Grit, Curiosity and the Hidden Power of Character.  She’s fascinating.  She’s groundbreaking.  And her passionate message is one of hope, where we all have a role to play. Please join us. Be challenged. Be inspired. Be there. — Lindsay

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Tables and Tickets Available Now—Annual Luncheon Featuring Dr. Nadine Burke Harris

Tables and tickets are on sale for the Colorado Children’s Campaign 2014 Annual Luncheon, Tuesday, Nov. 18, 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., featuring Dr. Nadine Burke Harris. Register now to take advantage of early bird discount pricing.

Each year, the Annual Luncheon brings together nearly 800 community and business leaders, nadineelected officials, child advocates and parents from across the state to focus on the most pressing issues impacting kids and inspire the audience to help make critical change for kids.

Dr. Burke Harris is on a mission: to transform the lives of kids, giving them a fair shot to grow up healthy and succeed in life, no matter their background. As founder and CEO of the Center for Youth Wellness in one of the most struggling neighborhoods in San Francisco, Dr. Burke Harris has earned national attention for her innovative approach to addressing negative childhood experiences as risk factors that can create a lifetime of disadvantages for kids, including poor school performance and serious illnesses such as heart disease and cancer.

Dr. Burke Harris completed her residency at Stanford and earned a Master’s of Public Health from Harvard. She serves as an expert advisor on the Too Small to Fail Initiative. Her work was profiled in Paul Tough’s book, How Children Succeed: Grit, Curiosity, and the Hidden Power of Character.

Register now and plan to join us! This event will sell out.

 

Announcing the 2014 Annual Luncheon!

luncheonMark your calendars and plan to join us for an inspiring Annual Luncheon Tuesday, Nov. 18, 2014, 11:30 Mark your calendars and plan to join us for an inspiring Annual Luncheon Tuesday, Nov. 18, 2014, 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., the Seawell Grand Ballroom. Ticket and table registration available soon.Featuring

Dr. Nadine Burke Harris
Founder and CEO of the Center for Youth Wellness,
Nationally-recognized pediatrician

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Dr. Nadine Burke Harris is on a mission: to transform the lives of kids, giving them a fair shot to grow up healthy and succeed in life, no matter their background. And she believes it all starts in her pediatric practice.

As founder and CEO of the Center for Youth Wellness in one of the most struggling neighborhoods in San Francisco, Dr. Burke Harris has earned national attention for her innovative approach to addressing negative childhood experiences as risk factors that can create a lifetime of disadvantages for kids, including poor school performance and serious illnesses like heart disease and cancer. Using practical applications of the Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) study, and incorporating behavioral and mental health supports into her pediatric primary care, Dr. Burke Harris has improved the wellbeing of thousands of kids and the communities where they live.

Dr. Burke Harris completed her residency at Stanford and earned a Master’s of Public Health from Harvard. She currently serves as an expert advisor on the Too Small to Fail Initiative of the Clinton Foundation. Her work has been profiled in Paul Tough’s book, How Children Succeed: Grit, Curiosity, and the Hidden Power of Character.

Dr. Burke Harris will challenge us to reassess the relationship between child development and health so that every child—even the most vulnerable—can thrive.

 

Circle of Friends Membership Tea Set for April

The Children’s Campaign’s Circle of Friends is hard at work planning its Annual Membership Tea, which will take place Thursday, April 24, 9:30-11:30 a.m., at a home in Cherry Creek Country Club.  Now in its eighteenth year, the Tea has become a springtime tradition, bringing awareness to the issues facing Colorado kids.  Attended by nearly 200 women from around the metro area, the Membership Tea provides an opportunity for potential supporters to learn more about the mission of the Colorado Children’s Campaign, and provides long-time friends the opportunity to hear about the organization’s accomplishments over the past year. In addition, the Membership Tea is a festive social occasion to discuss opportunities for volunteering and supporting the organization. For additional information about this year’s Tea, and to register for the event, click here.

The Circle of Friends is a group of Children’s Campaign ambassadors who provide volunteer and financial support to the organization.  In addition to the Tea, the Circle of Friends also help organize not-to-miss events like the Colorado Shops for Kids program and the Annual Luncheon.

Civil Rights and Education Pioneer Inspires Packed House at Annual Luncheon

Thank you to the nearly 800 community and business leaders, elected officials and child advocates who joined us at the Children’s Campaign’s 2013 Annual Luncheon to hear civil rights and education pioneer Carlotta Walls LaNier share her story of an act of courage that challenged prevailing attitudes, broke down barriers and forever changed the landscape of education in America.

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Speaking at the event, LaNier said ordinary people can create extraordinary changes—if they act bravely when they know they are in the right.

“We have to be vigilant and give our kids every educational opportunity available to them,” said LaNier, a nationally-recognized education advocate and long-time Colorado resident who raised two children in the Denver area. “This state has provided in the past and I want to continue to see that for my granddaughter.”

In 1957, Carlotta Walls volunteered as the youngest member of the Little Rock Nine to integrate Central High School in Little Rock, Arkansas. The 14-year-old and eight other black students faced angry mobs and violence for the opportunity at the same high-quality education as their white peers.

“I wanted what was inside those doors, and I had the right to it,” LaNier said of her desire to attend the highly ranked high school. “All kids really want to achieve and we need to help them along to do that.”

The Annual Luncheon is one of the Children’s Campaign’s largest and most important events every year, bringing together influential community leaders to explore a pressing issue facing Colorado kids. This year, Children’s Campaign President and CEO Chris Watney hosted the conversation with LaNier to explore the civil rights pioneer’s memories of the desegregation crisis and the impact it had on her, her family, her community and education in America.

“We have with us today someone who took the bravest stand possible for a good education, making an impact on every child in this country, for every generation to follow,” Watney said. “I think her story will help inspire me—and hopefully all of us—to try to be a little braver and ask the question: If she was willing, as a 14-year-old in those circumstances, to do what she did in pursuit of a great education, what are we willing to do now.”

Thank you to the many sponsors whose support helped make the event possible, especially Presenting Sponsor, The Piton Foundation. Special thanks also to the many people who used the Luncheon as an opportunity to join the Children’s Campaign’s special giving circle, the Champions’ Circle.