convening for change
CHILDREN AT RISK is committed to hosting free events that engage the public and help them drive change for children. We aim to share research, unpack pressing policy issues, and highlight diverse community perspectives from across Texas. All events are virtual.
CHILDREN AT RISK is holding ten free, virtual learning events in 2023 to convene experts, community organizations, and other stakeholders to discuss a range of important topics impacting children across Texas and beyond. Click below to register for all ten events.
February 16, 2023
State of Black Children in Texas Summit
Join us for the third annual State of Black Children in Texas summit, bringing together statewide experts to explore some of the major challenges Black children across Texas face throughout their lives, from basic needs to fair justice. This summit will then present opportunities to address these challenges, highlight the work already being done in the field, and prepare attendees with best practices to support Black children’s development at every stage. A learning and sharing event, this summit is one of the most highly rated and inspirational events of the year.
March 16, 2023
Anti-Human Trafficking Summit
This virtual summit, made possible by The Edward N. and Margaret G. Marsh Foundation, will convene the most innovative thinking on the role of Information and Communications Technology (ICT) solutions in anti-trafficking work. Advancements made in the tech sector hold consequences for traffickers and those working to counter trafficking. Technology is used to the detriment of victims through social media to contact and recruit, post advertisements of services that can be purchased from their victims, and communicate with buyers within trafficking rings. However, technological advancements provide opportunities to monitor activity, locate and provide survivors with resources, collect and analyze data leading to the prosecution of traffickers, and streamline communication between anti-trafficking actors and agencies. Join us as we discuss ICT solutions to this challenging issue.
April 27, 2023
The second annual Motherhood Summit will dissect some of the most pressing issues facing Texas mothers. The health and well-being of mothers have a direct impact on their children and family. We’ll be exploring the intersectionality of topics such as family planning, access and care disparity, maternal mortality, and mental health, and how we can make sure that Texas moms get the care and support they deserve. Join us in the conversation!
May 11, 2023
A quality and sustainable early childhood education system is essential to our state’s economy. Join child care providers, advocates, and business leaders to discuss how state and federal policymakers are working to address these challenges, how we can empower families as organizational leaders, next steps for providers and advocates, and more!
June 8, 2023
CHILDREN AT RISK is dedicated to improving the lives of Texas children. While the majority of our work focuses on current issues, it is also important to think about the future. What might the lives of children look like decades from now? From emerging technologies to hybrid work models to evolving social structures, we will delve into the implications for children’s education, health, and well-being. Innovation, creativity, and hope are critical components to shaping a brighter future for the kids of tomorrow. Don’t miss out on this thought-provoking program about the future of children.
July 20, 2023
Once the dust settles on the 88th regular Texas Legislative Session, CHILDREN AT RISK advocates will dive into the details to highlight what legislation passed, where there were missed opportunities, and what it all means for Texas children. Topics to be covered include health & nutrition, K-12 education, early childhood education, DEI, opportunity youth, and anti-human trafficking.
September 21, 2023
Join us to hear from educators and community leaders working in the field to provide both teachers and students with a high-quality learning experience. Experts from across the nation will share innovative practices and creative solutions to education challenges. Attendees will leave the summit equipped with the knowledge of which public policies and community solutions will help both students and teachers thrive, and what they can do to help make this a reality.
October 12, 2023
Latinx children are disproportionately disadvantaged when it comes to everything from education to poverty. The State of Latine Children summit will take a closer look at the unique challenges faced by Latine children growing up in the US. From health and education to economic justice, experts will discuss what needs to be done to improve their lives. Join us in raising awareness and celebrating the Latine community!
November 9, 2023
Our last summit of the year will dive into the issues of STEM education, focusing on building a robust and qualified pipeline of professionals. A learning opportunity for educators and community leaders, this event will highlight the work of STEM industry leaders, educators, and nonprofit innovators working to improve access to STEM education for all students. Attendees will leave with a better understanding of what they can do to support the next generation of STEM professionals.