“Is it good for kids?” That question drives all decision-making at Voices for Utah Children, whose goal is to help children reach their full potential. While Utah is ranked among the top 10 states in the nation for the well-being of children, according to a recent report from the Annie E. Casey Foundation child-advocacy group, the number of children living in poverty in Utah has increased, and the state’s ranking in education is still a poor 29th. Says Lincoln Nehring, president of Voices for Utah Children: “Children can’t vote, hold press conferences, or donate to political campaigns in order to protect their interests. Together, our voices can ensure that thousands of Utah children get the health care they need, are safe from neglect and abuse, and are ready for school. Help us speak up for kids in our state.” He’ll speak on that subject at an upcoming BYU event.
Thursday, October 20
11 a.m to 12 p.m.
Lincoln Nehring will talk about “Big Ideas for Kids: How Good Public Policy Ideas Can Improve the Lives of Kids and Families in Utah.” Students, faculty, and community members alike are invited to room 3380 in the Wilkinson Student Center (WSC) from 11 a.m to 12 p.m. on Thursday, October 20. “Students and faculty who are interested in families and children particularly and are interested in how public policy effects families [are invited],” says political science professor Richard Davis. Whether you have children, want to be aware of the issues facing children, or want to learn how to advocate for a cause you believe in, attending Nehring’s lecture will benefit you.
Lincoln Nehring: the Advocate
Since April 2015, Nehring has been president of Voices for Utah Children. In this role, he lobbies members of the Utah legislature on behalf of children and families for a wide range of policy issues, though he started his career lobbying for health care. Nehring also directs the Public Policy Clinic at the University of Utah, where he is also an Adjunct Professor at the S.J. Quinney College of Law. He serves on the Utah State Bar. Nehring has also contributed as a board member of the National Association of Insurance Commissioners and the Utah Board of Juvenile Justice. Voices for Utah Children contribute to the healthy development of kids by focusing on health, school readiness, safety, economic stability, and diversity.