Ideas for our children topic of candidate forum

Published: Sunday, October 1, 2006 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Sunday, October 1, 2006 at 12:09 a.m.
On Thursday, AvMed Health Plans is sponsoring a candidates forum designed to give our community the opportunity to communicate with statewide and local candidates about thoughts, ideas and plans for our children's future.
This non-partisan event will give a voice to the concerns many of us have for the children of our community and will allow for thought provoking dialogue between the candidates, regardless of party affiliation, seeking state and local offices and the people of our community.
More than 20 percent of our community's children are living in poverty. Poverty breeds poverty and the negative social conditions that accompany it. Because of this they are more likely to be abused, have poor basic skills and drop out of school; become teen parents, suffer from preventable health problems and die young. United Way's Success by 6 initiative is committed to breaking this cycle for young children and their families.
It is important for us to be the voice for our children on the issues concerning the "state of our children" in our community. Our Universal Pre-kindergarten program needs to be fixed. Improvements are desperately needed for Florida's foster and childcare programs and our juvenile justice system needs to be more balanced, fair and accountable. These are just some of the many concerns that need to be addressed for the children in our community. I invite you to join us for this exciting event on Thursday from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at AvMed Health Plans (in Health Park), 4300 NW 89th Blvd., Gainesville.
Karen Bricklemyer, President/CEO, United Way of North Central Florida

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