"Our Children - Our Future"
Youth Roll out Bill of Rights; Hands-on Heroes Honored
On April 19, 2013 San Luis Obispo County further proved its strong commitment to our youngest citizens, as nearly 200 people turned out for the 2013 Children’s Summit.
The event took place in conjunction with Month of the Child & Child Abuse Prevention Month, and was held at Mountainbrook Community Church in San Luis Obispo.
Speakers at this year’s Summit included Children’s Advocate Margaret Brodkin (view video), whose work transformed the landscape for children in San Francisco, and Ted Lempert (view video), President of Children Now, a national research and advocacy organization based in Oakland, California.
Among the highlights were local youth reading the twelve Children’s Bill of Rights, an aspirational framework created for and by the children of San Luis Obispo County (view video). The SLO County Commission approved the new Children’s Bill of Rights in January. It has since received a growing show of support, with more than a dozen leading endorsements from various community agencies.
The 2013 Hands-on Hero Award Winners (view video) were also honored. They are as follows:
- Children’s Health: Linda Hogoboom
- Family Support: David Lichti
- Early Care & Education: Marie Kelmis
- Volunteer: Bobbie Loomis
Special guests included:
- Jim Brabeck, recipient of the new “Champion of Youth Award,” acknowledging an individual who has dedicated himself/herself to helping children of all ages in our community (view video)
- California Assemblyman Katcho Achadjian (R) - 35th District (view video)
- Congresswoman Lois Capps (D) - 24th District (view video)
Entertainment was provided by the Bucket Busters & the Central Coast Children’s Choir.
The Children’s Summit is sponsored by: First 5 San Luis Obispo County, Early Learning for All (ELFA), San Luis Obispo County Board of Supervisors, Dignity Health, San Luis Obispo County Community Foundation, San Luis Obispo County Child Care Planning Council, KSBY-TV
Additional supporters include: San Luis Obispo Child Abuse Prevention Council (SLO-CAP) and the Community Action Partnership of San Luis Obispo (CAP-SLO)