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NEW! 2018 United for Kids Gubernatorial Forum

The stakes for Oregon kids have never been higher. Our Governor plays a critical role in the lives of Oregon children and youth. That’s why United for Kids has invited Gubernatorial candidates to participate in a forum this fall about a range of children’s issues – from economic security to education to health and safety.

The United for Kids Gubernatorial Forum will feature children and youth posing the questions of our state’s candidates about critical issues for kids. The Forum will be held before a live audience and broadcast widely with a media representative serving as moderator.

We are honored to have the support and guidance of a distinguished and bipartisan Leadership Council to oversee the United for Kids Forum, ensuring a fair format and prioritizing children’s issues to be covered at the event. Over 100 United for Kids partner groups will identify child and youth representatives and specific potential questions to be asked of candidates, ensuring a wide range of children’s issues are addressed in a balanced and representative manner. Stay tuned for more details!

2018 United for Kids Gubernatorial Forum Leadership Council

Maria Elena Campisteguy, Portland
Senior Executive VP, Metropolitan Group

Dan Field, Portland
Executive Director, Community Benefit & External Affairs, Kaiser Permanente Northwest

Sally Kosey, Pendleton
Trustee, Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation

Lori Olund, Happy Valley
President, Miles Fiberglass and Composites

Viktoria Rosqvist, Portland
Co-Chair, Oregon Trauma Advocates Coalition

Bill Thorndike, Medford
President, Medford Fabrication

Dick Withnell, Salem
Owner, Withnell Motor Company

Amelia Ernst, Portland
Leadership Team, Oregon Student Voice (OSV)

Roberto Gutierrez, Klamath Falls
President, Klamath Community College

LeeAnn Larsen, Beaverton
President, Oregon School Boards Association

Jairo Rodriquez, Milwaukie
Chair, Oregon Community College Student Association

Sharon Soliday, Gladstone
Board Chair, Children First for Oregon

Ken Thrasher, Portland
Chairman of the Board, Compli

United for Kids

Making Oregon a place where all children can thrive requires ensuring an even playing field for children to reach their full potential. Through United for Kids, we bring together a community of advocates, coalitions, and organizations to champion state legislative policies and shared investments that benefit children’s health, safety, economic security, and education. United by a shared Children’s Agenda, over 100 partner organizations spur communities and elected leaders to action on behalf of Oregon’s 860,000 children.

A united voice for Oregon children

The Children’s Agenda is a roadmap of solutions for state legislators to address the most pressing problems facing children and families. By presenting structural ways we can protect and improve the lives of all Oregon kids, the Children’s Agenda not only urges policymakers to action, but helps all of us make Oregon the best place to be a kid.

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A community of advocates

Over 100 partners with expertise in child and family issues bring a diversity of knowledge, perspectives, and priorities to inform the policies we pursue and the strategies we employ. Our partners harness the power of collective action to spur meaningful change for our children when they join forces as United for Kids. Click here for a full list of our partners.

“We appreciate Children First for Oregon’s leadership through their United for Kids initiative, and their efforts to bring organizations together to make systemic change for children and families in our state.” — Rev. Joseph Santos-Lyons, Asian Pacific American Network of Oregon, United for Kids partner

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United for Kids connects organizations and individuals who envision a better future for Oregon children. Join United for Kids’ partners and supporters in speaking up for Oregon’s children with a strong, united voice. 


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Cover All Kids: We are proud of our work to ensure all children have access to the health care they need to thrive. Begun by the Oregon Latino Health Coalition, United for Kids expanded the partnership to include numerous organizations, culminating in the passage of SB 558, which will provide health insurance coverage for the nearly 18,000 Oregon kids previously denied coverage due to their immigration status.

Fair Work Week: During the 2017 legislative session, United for Kids partner UFCW Local 555 led a coalition to pass a first-of-its-kind bill guaranteeing advance scheduling notice to workers. This legislation gives working parents the predictable schedules they need to make childcare arrangements, pursue educational opportunities, and care for their loved ones.

Ethnic Studies Standards: Working with key legislators, United for Kids partners Oregon Education Association, Oregon Student Association, Coalition of Communities of Color, and other successfully passed a bill that will incorporate ethnic studies standards into existing statewide social studies standards for grade K-12. These new standards will boost student attendance, engagement, and grades by ensuring kids see themselves in the history taught in their schools.

Equal Pay: Advocated by United for Kids partners AAUW of Oregon and many others in 2017, HB 2005 addresses persistent pay disparities faced by protected classes, giving families headed by women workers, workers of color, LGBT workers, and workers with disabilities a stronger foundation to support their children.

Tobacco 21: United for Kids advocated to pass Tobacco 21 legislation during the 2017 session. By raising the tobacco sales age to 21, Oregon will save kids from a lifetime of addiction to nicotine and the harmful effects of tobacco products.

Rear-Facing Car Seats: Working with the American Heart Association, United for Kids partners secured a win that will help to prevent the leading cause of death for children by passing legislation requiring children under two years of age to be secured in rear-facing car seats.

Raising the minimum wage: In 2016, United for Kids partner Raise the Wage led a coalition to successfully increase the minimum wage for workers, providing Oregon hard working families with the economic stability they need to support their kids.

Healthcare for COFA Oregonians: In 2016, United for Kids partners organized by Oregon Health Equity Alliance helped to pass a bill providing premium assistance for Pacific Islanders legally residing in Oregon under the compact of free association (COFA) to make their health care more affordable and accessible.