WNC Voices for Children

WNC Voices for Children is a free, one-day training for people who want to become even stronger advocates. Learn how to be more strategic and effective in making positive changes for children and families in our region.

Learn more & sign up here:


Thursday April 23, 10-3 in Bryson City NC, or

Tuesday April 28, 10-3 in Lake Junaluska NC

The training is FREE and lunch is included!

Adam Sotak, Public Engagement Director at NC Child
Greg Borom, Director of Advocacy at Children First/Communities in Schools Buncombe County

Why WNC Voices for Children?

Too many children and families are struggling here in western North Carolina. They need caring adults like us to raise our voices and advocate along with them for a better future. A coalition of organizations are working together to build a stronger network of child advocates across the region. These trainings are part of that effort. At WNC Voices for Children, advocates both old and new can learn how to be more strategic and effective in their work.

What you will learn:

How do our direct services and advocacy efforts fit together to achieve long-term outcomes for kids? We’ll delve into the Pathways to 3rd Grade Reading Shared Measures of Success to find out.

Get the latest KIDS COUNT data on how children in WNC are faring in health, education, and other key metrics – and how racial disparities impact children differently.

Uncover the public policy implications in our own stories, and the stories of our clients and neighbors.

Grow your understanding of how our representatives in government do their work – and how we can best plug into the process.

Learn about state and local campaigns for change and how you can get involved.

If you are already part of Congregations 4 Children, Great by Eight, and/or Growing Our Future, spend time strategizing about goals and next steps.

Learn about values-based messaging. Practice writing a letter to the editor, or develop talking points for meeting with a public official