April 23, 2021


What’s Happening Is Alarming. Let’s Take Action.

Maryland ranks 43rd for children living in poverty in which nearly 160,000 young people live in poor households. Black infant mortality is 3 times higher than with White babies. 

That’s why you should register today for the day of dynamic sessions, entertainment, prizes and hear from Chef Jeff Henderson, a New York Times best-selling author and founder of the Chef Jeff Project and show on the Food Network, at the 2021 Leadership and Advocacy Summit Closing the Gap: Bold Moves to Advance Equity on Friday, May 14, 2021 from 12-4 p.m. ET.


Join our monthly donor program as a founder of the ACY Membership Circle! ACY is on a mission to protect Maryland’s children. Your membership means uniting with child advocacy professionals and enthusiasts across the Maryland to support research, discovery, innovation, and well-being for all. Monthly gifts enable our team to expand our presence, our programs, our advocacy, and our impact on behalf of Maryland’s $1.6 million kids.



Recording Now Available!

Our webinar, Creating Safe Spaces: Children and the Settings They Inhabit, is now on YouTube. Listen to Nonso Umunna, our Research Director, and Melissa Rock, our Birth to Three Strategic Initiative Director,  Delegate Geraldine Valentino-Smith and Krystal Williams, Director of the Government Relations Division, Maryland Office of the Public Defender dive deep into the status of Maryland's children and the steps needed to secure a better future for Maryland's young people. Click here to view the webinar.


Over the past year, Advocates for Children and Youth's Board of Directors and Staff have been working on refining our approach to advocacy. We shared our mission statement, launched our campaign, Equity for All Kids during the 2020 legislative session, and continue to be responsive and preemptive to the new challenges that the pandemic has either magnified or exposed. 

To give you further insight into our progress toward racial equity and inclusion both internally and externally, we are sharing our Strategic FrameworkTheory of Changeand Values.  With these tools in hand, we will work toward building a strong Maryland by advancing policies and programs to ensure children and families of every race, ethnicity, and place of birth achieve their full potential.

Advocates for Children and Youth
One N. Charles Street | Suite 2400 | Baltimore, Maryland 21201

Advocates for Children and Youth is funded by: Abell Foundation | The Annie E. Casey Foundation | Arnold Ventures | Jacob and Hilda Blaustein Foundation | Clayton Baker | The Fund for Change | Fund for Families with Young Children | Greater Washington Community Foundation | Lockhart Vaughan Foundation | Meyer Foundation | OSI-Baltimore | Partnership for America's Children

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