February 02, 2016
Students Participate in Our Children, Our Future Event
West Virginia Wesleyan students and staff from the Center for Community Engagement & Leadership Development traveled to Charleston, WV for the Our Children, Our Future (OCOF) Kids and Families Day at the Capitol on Thursday, January 28.
During Kids and Families Day, children were invited to participate in games while parents and advocates, along with the team from Wesleyan, were encouraged to meet with their local legislators to garner support for OCOF policy reforms. The group participated in workshops, forums, informational booths, and student panels.
In addition, Wesleyan participants met with Upshur County legislators, Delegate Bill Hamilton and Senator Robert Karnes. The student and staff group emphasized their support for broadband access and shared use of school facilities and discussed current legislation, including proposed bills on right to work and religious freedom. They also observed legislative sessions of the house and senate and networked with other nonprofit organizations across the state while meeting with Wesleyan alumni.
Our Children, Our Future is an organization building a statewide voice for children, families, and allies to create needed change through their platform of ten specific policy issues. These platform issues range from better access to local foods and mental healthcare reform to opening school facilities for community use and expanding access to broadband internet in West Virginia’s most remote areas.
The Center for Community Engagement & Leadership Development (CCE) at Wesleyan looks forward to providing students with more opportunities to become civically engaged and exercise their power as advocates for social change.
For more information about Our Children Our Future, please visit: http://www.ocofwv.org. For more information on the CCE, please contact LeeAnn Brown, director of community engagement and leadership development, at (304) 473-8161.
L-R: Shawna Clayton (student), Erin Hudnall (student), Senator Robert Karnes, Rev. Julie Sterling (First Presbyterian Church-Buckhannon), Chad Wall (student), Duncan McClung (student), and Katie Loudin ‘07 (WVWC Staff).
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