Rhode Island KIDS COUNT Releases 16th Annual Factbook
The 2010 Rhode Island Kids Count Factbook reports on 67 indicators of child well-being across five areas:
Family and Community
|New Indicators in the 2010 Factbook|
|This year's Factbook includes five new indicators, all of which provide new information about the education, safety, and well-being of Rhode Island's children and youth.|
New 2010 Indicators Include:
|Speakers Call for Investments in Children and Youth|
The 2010 Rhode Island Kids Count Factbook keynote address
was delivered by Bruce Lesley, President of First Focus. Lesley recognized state and national progress in providing health coverage for childen and urged policymakers and community leaders to make the investments needed to improve outcomes for children in Rhode Island and the nation.
Oluwaseun Animashaun, a youth participant at Y4C and Youth In Action remarked, "While children and youth are our future, it is just as important for us to recognize that youth are also our present." She encouraged leaders to work with youth to make needed changes now and referenced one of the elements of the Providence Youth Bill of Rights,
"Like the civil rights and youth movements that have come before us, we fight for youth rights as a way for young people to become empowered."