Rev. Dr. William Barber, co-founder of the Moral Monday movement, to give keynote

June 29, 2015
For Planning Purposes

CONTACT: Sharon Kayne, Communications Director, NM Voices for Children, 505-244-9505

ALBUQUERQUE—U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich, will unveil new legislation that he is sponsoring in Congress, at the 3rd Annual KIDS COUNT Conference presented today by New Mexico Voices for Children. The theme of this year’s conference is Child Well-Being: A 2-Generation Approach. There is a full slate of speakers for the day-long event, which includes the presentation of the 21st annual Amy Biehl Youth Spirit Awards, a special screening of the documentary on child abuse, Everyone’s Business: Protecting our Children, and a panel on child abuse, which includes CYFD Secretary Monique Jacobson and Children’s Court Judge John Romero.

Other speakers include Lisa Hamilton with the Annie E. Casey Foundation, Richard Noriega of AVANCE, Marjorie Sims of the Aspen Institute, and Dr. Cathleen Willging of the Pacific Institute for Research and Evaluation. A full program of the day’s speakers and events is attached separately as a pdf.

The Reverend Dr. William Barber, president of the NAACP of North Carolina and a dynamic speaker, will give the keynote address at lunch right after the presentation of the Amy Biehl Youth Spirit Awards, which honor young New Mexicans who are working to make a difference in their communities and the world. New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas will also address the winners, and KOB TV news anchor Nicole Brady will emcee the awards.

The conference’s afternoon session will include the film screening and panel discussion moderated by the film’s producer, Chris Schueler. Senator Heinrich will close out the event by unveiling his Two-Generation Economic Empowerment legislation.

WHAT: 3rd Annual KIDS COUNT Conference “Child Well-Being: A 2-Generation Approach to Success”
WHEN: Today, Monday, June 29, 7:15am to 3:30pm (breakfast and lunch will be served)
WHERE: Marriott Pyramid, 5151 San Francisco Rd. NE, Albuquerque
WHO: Presented by New Mexico Voices for Children and Presenting Sponsor CHI St. Joseph’s Children
Sponsors: Brindle Foundation, Nusenda Credit, AFT, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of New Mexico, Center for RelationaLearning, CES, Con Alma Health Foundation, Delta Dental, Youth Development, Inc., Bank of Albuquerque, Early Educators United, Don Simonson. Special thanks to: Annie E Casey Foundation, Sandy Gold, McCune Foundation, Santa Fe Community Foundation.