People of faith are called by that faith
to speak for all children.
June 2, 2009
COMING ATTRACTION: "CELEBRATION OF EXCELLENCE"
The "Celebration of Excellence" event will honor some 300 foster care youth who are graduating from high school, college or receiving a GED. The ceremony will be held Wednesday, June 10 at 6:30 p.m. at Georgia State University's Rialto Center for the Arts in downtown Atlanta.
ICM is calling upon faith communities to help us support this joyous occasion by participating in the following ways:
HOW CAN YOU HELP?
1. Join the ICM COE Volunteers Team and commit to assisting at the event on June 10.
2. Donate gift cards and gift certificates that can be placed in the students' "graduation packets."
3. Come to the celebration and give love and support to these well-deserving youth. It is free and open to the public.
We will hold an ICM volunteers session on June 6 at 10:00 a.m. at Central United Methodist Church, which is located at 501-7 Mitchell Street, SW, Atlanta, GA 30314.
Please contact Pamela Perkins at 770-498-2141 or send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org to sign up as a volunteer and to find out more information about donating gift cards and gift certificates.
Please go to http://www.celebrationsofexcellence.org/ for more information about the Celebration of Excellence program.
JUVENILE JUSTICE MATTERS:
A NEW JUVENILE CODE FOR GEORGIA
SB 292, which will be carried by Senator Bill Hamrick (R-30th), along with 23 other co-sponsors carries with it the hopes of many who have called for a re-write of Georgia's Juvenile Code that reflects best practices, scientific research and restorative justice for children who become part of Georgia's juvenile justice system.
As part of the JUSTGeorgia Coalition, ICM has been traveling across Georgia in an effort to educate faith communities about the need for a new Juvenile Code. ICM believes that all children should receive fair and equal treatment within the juvenile justice system; that children and families should receive the intervention assistance they need--which we believe would lower the recidivism rate. We also believe that a revised Juvenile Code, based on these principles, would enhance Georgia's social and economic futures through the productive growth of a healthy population of children, stronger families and safer communities.
You can find a summary of the key objectives of this legislation on our ICM Web site: SB 292 Key Objectives.
Read Senator Hamrick's editorial in the June issue of waveLength, the Voices for Georgia's Children newsletter.
HELP ICM STOP CHILD SEXUAL EXPLOITATION AND TRAFFICKING
ICM'S SAFE SUMMER 2009
BE PART OF THE SOLUTION!
Faith Communities can be Safe Havens
- Invite ICM to your faith community for an information and education session on child sexual exploitation and trafficking.
- Work with local law enforcement to identify areas of prostitution in your community.
- Develop and implement a response program to victims of child prostitution in your community.
- Provide sexual exploitation prevention education and awareness programs for members of your faith community.
- Start "Safe Summer" camps for children and youth in high risk areas.
SCHOOL TO PRISON PIPELINE
From Georgia Appleseed - When My Child is Disciplined at School: A Guide for Families
"As part of its continuing focus on effective parental involvement to benefit students and schools, Georgia Appleseed is pleased to offer its new handbook, When My Child is Disciplined at School: A Guide for Families. The guidebook is intended as a tool to help parents and guardians throughout Georgia to become informed advocates for their children when dealing with school discipline policies."
Please avail yourselves of this information. Share it with the parents and guardians in your faith community. Please contact ICM if you are interested in hosting a School to Prison Pipeline information session at your faith community. Please call 770-498-2141 or send an e-mail to email@example.com.
Spiritual Witness for Children
One of the most important things faith communities can do for children is to pray for them.
Every child is a child of God and deserves justice and compassion. Every child deserves our prayers.
ICM encourages every faith community to become a spiritual witness for children. Hold a worship service in your church, synagogue, mosque or temple and invite others to join in praying for the well-being of all children.
JOIN ICM and the effort to improve the well-being of Georgia's children. Make a tax-deductible contribution today.
ICM Mission and Goals
The Interfaith Children's Movement was formed in 2001 as an intentional association of individuals and communities of faith from all religious traditions.
The Interfaith Children's Movement strives to be a voice for all Georgia children, but especially the poor and marginalized whose voices are often unheard.
ICM works closely with Georgia's policy-oriented child advocacy organizatons, such as:
Voices for Georgia's Children,
The Barton Child Law and Policy Clinic at Emory University,
Prevent Child Abuse Georgia and
A Future.Not a Past. (child prostitution prevention).
These organizations set the agenda for our advocacy work for children.
ICM's faith community members provide a megaphone to the legislature about what needs to be done for children.
2009 INTERFAITH DISABILITY CONNECTION SUMMIT: PURSUING INCLUSION BEYOND THE RAMP
Save the Date!
August 9th 1-6pm
The 2009 Interfaith Disability Connection (IDC) Summit will bring together leaders and decision makers to advance accessible faith communities and houses of worship.
This half-day event will focus on how congregations can make their houses of worship places of hospitality and inclusion by engaging the expertise of people with disabilities and their families.
Topics will go beyond eliminating physical barriers and will present best practices in making worship, study, and service accessible to people with disabilities and their families. New learning opportunities have been added to the 2009 Summit to further enhance attendees' experience.
Event speakers and panelists will include Reverend Bill Gaventa, Dr. Khalid Siddiq, Rabbi Steven Rau, Ginny Thornburgh, and many other practitioners who are actively working to ensure that people with disabilities are engaged as full participants in their congregations.
Each workshop will offer the perspectives of people with disabilities, family members, and congregational professionals. Clergy, lay leaders, people with disabilities and their families, and all who are interested in learning about the possibilities of creating more inclusive communities should plan to attend this dynamic event.
Download registration and sponsorship forms for this amazing event by clicking here. An early-bird rate is available to all who register by July 10th.
Mark Your Calendar Worthwhile Events by ICM,
ICM Partners & Others
Happy 40th Birthday to Atlanta Interfaith Broadcasters!
Wednesday, June 3-5, 2009
"Washington DC: Summit to Reform Immigration for America"-- at the Kellogg Conference Center Gallaudet University, 800 Florida Ave N.E. in Washington, D.C. The Summit is being sponsored by the Reform Immigration for America Campaign, a national coalition of advocates and organizations from faith, labor and immigrant communities committed to winning the votes needed to enact a just and comprehensive immigration reform bill in this session of Congress. Please register today and commit to attend the Summit. Your participation will be invaluable and appreciated.
Thursday, June 4, 2009
StreetGRACE - Learn what you can do to bring an end to child sexual exploitation in Georgia at our Monthly MeetUp at North Avenue Presbyterian Church.
Saturday, June 6, 2009
ICM Celebration of Excellence volunteers meeting at Central United Methodist Church, located at 501-7 Mitchell Street, SW, Atlanta, GA 30314.
Thursday, June 11-14, 2009
The final program of the fourth annual Latin American and Caribbean Film Festival. Nineteen recent films from across the Americas and the Caribbean will be screened at the Auburn Avenue Research Library on African American Culture and History, 101 Auburn Avenue NE, Atlanta, GA 30303. See complete schedule at LACFilmFest.
Saturday, June 13, 2009
"Live B4U Die Summit," sponsored by the Community Council of Metropolitan Atlanta at Central United Methodist Church, 503 Mitchell Street, S. W., June 13. This timely summit will focus on our youth and teenagers, who are dying prematurely from violence, risky behavior and poor choices.
Call 404-935-5859 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss reservations, information, promotional flyers, or questions.
Monday, June 15, 2009
10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Georgia Family Connection Partnership and the Governor's Office for Children and Families offers Parent Leadership Training provided by FRIENDS National Resource Center, at The Loudermilk Conference Center, 40 Courtland Street, NE, Atlanta. If you are a community parent leader or a parent committed to making positive changes in your family and community, this training is for you. This event is free, but registration is required. Space is limited, so register soon. Complete and return the registration form by Friday, June 5, 2009. Print out a registration form from Parent LeadershipTraining.
Tuesday, July 14, 2009
ICM Advocacy Committee meeting at Frazier, Soloway & Poorack, P.C., 1800 Century Place, Suite 100, Atlanta.
Saturday, July 25
9:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Sunday, July 26
10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
16th Annual Asian Cultural Experience (ACE) at the Gwinnett Center, 6400 Sugarloaf Parkway, Duluth, GA 30097.
For more information go to: www.asianculturalexperienceinga.com
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