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Children’s Advocacy Days Scheduled for March 10-11

For Immediate Release: February 27, 2009
Contact:      Linda O’Neal
                  Richard Kennedy
Phone         (615) 741-2633


Children are like other living things. They need to be carefully nurtured in order to grow. Therefore, the theme of this year’s Children’s Advocacy Days, scheduled for March 10-11 at War Memorial Auditorium, is “Growing the Next Generation.”

Bruce Lesley, of First Focus in Washington, D.C., will speak on how public policies help nurture children and what advocates can do to encourage good outcomes. Bob Geen, with the Annie E. Casey Foundation, will speak on “Fostering Success.” Dr. Steve Joiner of Lipscomb University will present a discussion of generational issues. A panel of representatives from state child serving agencies will also report on what they are doing to grow the next generation, with moderation by Sue Laskey, of WLJT in Martin, Tenn., and Nick Beres, WTVF, Nashville, Tenn.

The Making KIDS COUNT Media Award, Youth Excellence Award and the Jim Pryor Child Advocacy Award will be announced on Tuesday. On March 11, excerpts from “Urban Assault: Escape from Poverty,” a movie about Nashville, will be screened and discussed by its writer and other participants Wednesday.

The celebration of child advocates will include training to become better advocates for children, networking opportunities and opportunities to interact with legislators.

The Tennessee Commission on Children and Youth is an independent agency created by the Tennessee General Assembly. Its primary mission is to advocate for improvements in the quality of life for Tennessee children and families. For more information and to register, contact TCCY at (615) 741-2633 or visit the agency website at


NOTE: Proper names are correctly spelled.