Engaging Communities for Children
Connecting Appalachian Communities to Powerful Resources
CDF-Ohio is committed to Ohio’s Appalachian
children and families. Earlier this
year, we released an updated report—Ohio’s
Appalachian Children at a Crossroads: A Roadmap for Action—on the status of
our region’s children. With child poverty rates in the region over 25%, there
is much work to do. We are moving forward
a campaign for action. We know with the right public and private partnerships
and investments, the region can seize the opportunities and surmount the
To foster cross-collaboration, CDF-Ohio held a
series of community roundtables throughout the Appalachian region. Together with our regional partner, COAD, we
engaged nearly 200 people in Athens, Lisbon, Hillsboro and Portsmouth this fall.
At each meeting, we provided an overview of the Report and highlighted a
regional best practice that has proven successful for Appalachian children and
families. The community roundtables
sparked conversation between attendees from across community sectors- academia,
healthcare, education, corporate, philanthropy, and faith communities. The rich discussion on “what works” and
sharing resources and solutions was invaluable. CDF-Ohio gratefully acknowledges our platinum Appalachian Community
Roundtable Sponsors, The HealthPath Foundation of Ohio and Ohio Children's Foundation.
CDF-Ohio's Dawn Wallace-Pascoe, Director of Data & Research (L) and Renuka Mayadev, Executive Director (R) speak at the community roundtables.
A $5,000 Scholarship Opportunity for High School Seniors
CDF-Ohio is currently accepting nominations for our 2017
Beat the Odds® (BTO) Scholarship Program!
Each year, the BTO program honors, celebrates and rewards
five outstanding Ohio high school seniors who have overcome tremendous
adversity to achieve academic excellence, demonstrate leadership and aspire to
continue their education. These five
students each receive a $5,000 scholarship and a laptop computer, along with
access to the Children’s Defense Fund’s leadership programs and network of BTO
Please help us locate deserving high school seniors by
providing the 2017 Beat the Odds Scholarship Application
link to a deserving student or a school counselor, teacher or coach
who can help spread the word about this scholarship opportunity. Don’t hesitate – the application deadline is Wednesday, November 30, 2016.
Truancy Reform Bill Set for Vote in Ohio Senate
House Bill 410, a bill that would reform Ohio’s
approach to truant youth (children who miss too much school), is pending in the
Ohio Senate. CDF-Ohio whole-heartedly
supports this bipartisan bill, which focuses on getting children back in school
without sending truancy cases to the courts. The bill passed the Ohio House in May 2016 by a vote of 92-1. To be
successful, children must be in school, and HB 410 would ensure that the adults
in a child’s life take responsibility for getting the child back in the
classroom. The bill requires schools to
work with parents, students, and school personnel to find out why the child is
missing school and address the issues underlying the child’s absence. Now is the time to contact your State Senator
and urge him/her to support H.B. 410! Find out
who your State Senator is here.
Welcome Policy Director Ashon McKenzie!
CDF-Ohio is delighted
to welcome Ashon McKenzie. He will serve as our Policy Director. Most
recently, Ashon joins us from the Ohio Legislature where he worked as a
policy lead on health, civil and criminal justice, and state and local government issues.
Prior to his work in the Legislature, he was an Assistant Ohio
Attorney General focused on state and federal education and
criminal justice matters. His skills as an attorney coupled with hands-on
experience side by side with elected officials strengthens our policy and
advocacy voice for Ohio’s children. Ashon resides in Columbus with his
wife and two children.
Children’s Defense Fund-Ohio in the News
Report Charts Hike in Ohio Newborns Exposed to Opioids
October 2, 2016, The
Zero Tolerance Policies in Schools
September 14, 2016, WOSU, All Sides with Ann Fisher
Possible Juvenile and Adult Prison Merger
August 30, 2016, WOSU,
All Sides with Ann Fisher
Little Progress in Well-Being of Rural Ohio Appalachian
Children, Report Says
June 29, 2016, Education