RadioACTive 12.13.21

  • December 13, 2021
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Voices for Utah Children says we need to spend more upfront on children in the Beehive State. The Children's Center Utah on the mental health of our children. Crossroads Urban Center on the need for more permanent supportive housing for the most vulnerable among us.

Tonight's show featured the following people, organizations and/or events. Check them out and get plugged into your community! 

Matthew Weinstein of Voices for Utah Children, the only statewide, multi-issue child advocacy organization that speaks out on behalf of children. 

  • READ: Utah Children's Budget Report 2021. "Good News: Utah is investing more in the next generation now than ever before, both overall and on a per-child basis. Not-so-good News: The non-K-12 Education portion of the Children’s Budget peaked on a per-child basis in FY 2016 and has fallen since then by 2%. Bad News: Utah’s education funding effort continues to fall to record low levels."

Rebecca Dutson of The Children's Center Utah, the only organization in Utah exclusively offering trauma-informed, evidence-based treatment for children ages birth through six and their families.

  • Dec. 15: Ready! Resilient! Utah Early Childhood Mental Health Summit, 9:00-11:00 a.m. online. Event by Governor Spencer J. Cox and First Lady Abby Cox, in partnership with The Children’s Center Utah and the Kem C. Gardner Policy Institute: "The 2021 Summit will showcase the program and policy recommendations made by the Utah Early Childhood Mental Health Working Group. The working group is a cross-sector team of leaders and key stakeholders in Utah that has focused its expertise and energy throughout 2021 on addressing system-level change to further strengthen early childhood mental health in Utah. For more information and to register for the event, please visit"

Bill Tibbitts of Crossroads Urban Center, which runs the busiest emergency food pantry in Utah, an awesome thrift store, and brings people together to fight hunger and poverty. 

  • WATCH: Housing and disability advocates to speak on why Utah needs more permanent supportive housing. RadioACTive wasn't able to share the entire webinar. To watch the full presentation, click here. Featured panelists included Andrea Beadles, Weber Housing Authority; Representative Clare Collard, Utah House of Representatives

    Nathan Crippes, Disability Law Center; Andrew Riggle, Disability Law Center; Tara Rollins, Utah Housing Coalition; Tamara White, Powerful Moms Who Care; Sherri Wittwer, Community and Mental Health Advocate; and Tecuani Oliver, Disabled Rights Action Committee.

Views, thoughts, or opinions shared by guests are their own and do not necessarily reflect those of the board, staff or members of Listeners' Community Radio of Utah, KRCL 90.9fm. Tonight's show was produced and hosted by Lara Jones.