Children's Campaign Fund Presents the
2nd Annual Champions for Children, Youth, and Families Awards
Sunday, May 15, 2022 (via Zoom)
On International Day of Families, our community came together - virtually - to celebrate the many policy wins for children, youth, and families, and thank the leaders who made another historic legislative session possible for kids. Check out our video highlights below!
WITH GRATITUDE TO OUR EVENT SPONSORS:
Rep. Ruth Kagi (Ret.)
Peter & Yali Lincroft
Former Seattle Mayor & City Council Member Tim Burgess
Ginny English & Stephen Holt
Jay Fathi, MD
Rep. Mary Helen Roberts (Ret.)
Jack & Gayle Thompson
CCF's Board of Directors
CCF's Fundraising Committee
Justen Van Dyke
THAT! Interpreting Services of Deaf & DeafBlind, Inc.
SESSION IMPACT AND ELECTION YEAR PRIORITIES
We grounded our conversation with reflections on another historic session, and looked ahead to our most consequential election cycle yet to retain and elect champions for kids across the state.
CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR 2022 AWARD WINNERS
Winners were elected by CCF's Board of Directors; nominations were based on floor and committee votes, prime and co-sponsorship of CCF's priority bills, proviso and budget leadership, session activity including floor speeches and public comments, and more.
All award winners are endorsed for the 2022 election cycle.
Champion of the Year
In recognition of transformative leadership across CCF's issue areas and an unwavering commitment to children, youth, and families.
Rep. Lisa Callan (LD-5)
Co-Chair of the Children and Youth Behavioral Health Work Group where she has championed for tremendous investment and policy change for children and youth behavioral health, Rep. Callan stands out as an incredible advocate and champion for all issues impacting children, youth, and families. Rep. Callan prime sponsored the biggest behavioral health bills this session including HB 1890 (concerning the children and youth behavioral health workgroup) and HB 1834 (concerning student excused absences for mental health reasons) — and championed a budget request for on-site behavioral health for unhoused youth and homeless youth facilities in the Capital Budget, as well as vital funding for Early Learning Facilities. Last year, Rep. Callan was also nominated to receive recognition in CCF's Child Welfare and Youth Development categories, representing true leadership and impact for ALL of Washington's kids.
Rising Stars of the Year
In recognition of new leaders for an especially impactful first term advocating for children, youth, and families.
Rep. April Berg (LD-44)
Rep. Berg is truly a star in the legislature - shining bright for children, youth, and families as a powerful leader during hearings and floor votes across CCF’s issue areas. During her first term, Rep. Berg prime sponsored many important bills including HB 1237 (requiring schools to make menstrual hygiene products available at no cost) and HB 1342 (eliminating lunch copays for students who qualify for reduced-price lunches) and co-sponsored over a dozen priority bills across our issue areas. She was an especially powerful voice in the 2022 session around ensuring Washington's kids and families have their basic needs met, and that youth have their voices heard.
Sen. Yasmin Trudeau (LD-27)
Appointed to the Senate this year, Sen. Trudeau championed this session’s most transformative bills impacting children, youth, and families.
She prime sponsored bills like SB 5609 (eliminating fingerprinting at juvenile dispositions), SB 5883 (concerning an unaccompanied homeless youth's ability to provide informed consent for that minor patient's own health), SB 5752 (creating the Washington future fund trust fund program) and more that challenge the status quo and reimagine a better, more accessible Washington for all children, youth, and families.