It’s that time of year again. The cool, fall air is beginning to roll in, football season is in full gear, and for us at the OICA, that means we are busy preparing for the upcoming Oklahoma legislative session. For those of you who have been connected with our organization for a while, you know that your input is key in helping us shape our children’s agenda. That tradition continues this year as we co-host “Child Advocacy 360: Creating an outdoor voice for children.”
This year’s policy event will take place Nov. 6th and 7th at Oklahoma City University, and will serve as a forum for you to voice your opinions about the current issues impacting children and families in our state. The traditional format of years past will be slightly altered, but the outcome will be the same: a policy agenda geared toward improving the lives of Oklahoma kids. The event will feature:
- A children’s issue panel packed with local experts voicing their thoughts on topics ranging from education to poverty;
- A legislative panel made up of policy makers with passion for children’s issues; and
- An interactive discussion and voting exercises to help shape and prioritize a policy agenda for the upcoming legislative session.
In addition to the OICA policy day, Oklahoma City University is hosting a full day devoted to the sharing of bullying research and prevention methods, which promises to be enlightening. Bullying is a topic that we feel is particularly relevant to today’s child advocates. It is more than a hot topic on the local news; the prevention of bullying goes to the very foundation of a community’s functioning. Without instilling tolerance, compassion and civil discourse in both children and adults, we will never be able to work together toward a common goal.
We hope that you will join us for this event and #BeAVoice for Oklahoma’s future! A finalized conference agenda will be release in the coming days, however you can register today to reserve your spot. Seating is limited so don’t miss out!