United Agenda for Children

Sponsor:
Lee Institute: United Agenda for Children
Topics:
Youth
Location:
Charlotte, NC
Date:
December 2004
Participants:
1000

A COUNTY INVESTS IN ITS FUTURE

Civic leaders and youth advocates  in Mecklenburg County, North Carolina were concerned that different perspectives and philosophies on securing a promising future for young people was creating a lack of public will and collaboration.

To address these challenges, the United Agenda for Children, a coalition of 40 non-profit organizations and public institutions, partnered with AmericaSpeaks. 1,000 residents of the county attended a 21st Century Town Meeting and created an agenda to ensure that the county’s children would be healthy, safe, and well-educated.

Leaders Respond

A diverse range of leaders in the community – elected officials, government and non-profit representatives, and business and philanthropic leaders – agreed to listen carefully to the recommendations and help take action.

The meeting helped produce a significant increase in funding for school nurses and launched a unified oversight committee to advocate for children’s issues. More than three years since the United Agenda for Children meeting, the priorities established during the course of that day are still governing ongoing work for the children of Mecklenburg County.

Impact

The meeting helped produce a significant increase in funding for school nurses and launched a unified oversight committee to advocate for children issues.