The Children's Defense Fund
The Children's Defense Fund at Notre Dame is a campus branch of the National Children's Defense Fund in Washington, DC. Our mission is to inform, educate and motivate the students of Notre Dame. Currently, we are working in four basic areas: SPROUT, the Student Poverty Reduction Outreach; a lecture series; publicity; and community engagement and outreach. During the fall semester, we will be working closely with organizations like Rock the Vote to ensure children are not forgotten in the upcoming elections.
The Children’s Defense Fund (CDF) has primarily been a research institution for the past 30 years that focuses on children in the US with a special emphasis on disadvantaged children. The CDF mission is to Leave No Child Behind‚ and to ensure every child a Healthy Start, A Head Start, a Fair Start, a Safe Start, and a Moral Start in life and a successful passage to adulthood with the help of caring families and communities. They publish an annual report from the information gathered throughout their research called, The State of America’s Children. Furthermore, CDF uses their research and reports to provide a strong, effective voice for all the children of America who cannot vote, lobby, or speak for themselves. They care deeply about public policy that will affect children and are constantly working to Leave No Child Behind.
CDF at Notre Dame
The Notre Dame campus chapter of the Children’s Defense Fund (CDF) was founded in the Fall of 2003. Although CDF has primarily been a research and advocacy group over the past 30 years, they have begun to see the need for a nation wide movement for children and children’s rights. They believe that no movement has ever been successful without the support of college campuses and are therefore looking towards informing, educating, and motivating college students across the nation to work for this movement. Notre Dame is the first CDF campus chapter in the US and is privileged to have such a role.
First, we are currently in the midst of putting together the schedule of lectures for the rest of the semester and would love any input or connections on people who would be interested in speaking to the group. Issues we are looking to include are public policy, education, health care, homelessness, hunger, Head Start, violence/abuse, and drugs and alcohol.
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