The Way Forward is Together: Our IAK Network Finds a Way to Connect
Each year our It’s About Kids (IAK) Network, made up of leaders in nearly every county in Colorado, meets for a yearly retreat to recognize the amazing policy and advocacy work being done across the state. We had big plans to spend this retreat with network members in the hot springs, but made the decision to celebrate the year’s accomplishments virtually to ensure everyone’s safety during the disruptions of COVID-19. Despite this shift, our network came together for an amazing all-day retreat. Almost 70 participants shared their personal and professional experiences from the past few months, and how policy and advocacy can support families in their communities.
Common concerns for Colorado included the early childcare workforce, health insurance and access to care, and economic concerns around TANF assistance, housing, and unemployment. We highlighted the disproportionate impact that COVID-19 has had on children and families of color, and discussed how to support the most impacted folks through our theory of change.
We were also fortunate enough to watch two of our own Campaign Children share their artistic talents, and to participate in some mindfulness sessions with Kinyatta Jackson, a RAISE Colorado steering committee member and founder of Remembrance Wellness and Yoga.
Thanks to our wonderful IAK Network, staff and speakers! We hope to see you all in person in 2021!