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Why does Advocates for Children and Youth Exist?


What Do We Do?

We improve the lives and experiences of Maryland’s children through policy change and program improvement.

What Do We Provide?

We provide advocacy and impact data as well as personalized stories to help tell the story of Maryland’s children in a simple way. This information is often used by state agencies, legislators and our fellow advocates.

Advocacy Data: We research and recommend best practices to inform or further our work as we champion a course of action or support a point of view.

Impact Data: We collect and publish statistics on more than 60 indicators of child well-being as part of our work as a KidsCount® affiliate.

Recommendations: We offer sound ideas to agencies, policy makers and our community based on extensive research, in-depth analysis and proven programs in order to better the lives of Maryland’s children.

Stories: We compile and share personalized stories so that we can continually connect with those that we serve.

Why Are We Every Child’s Ally?

  • We protect the rights of children in all aspects of health, justice, education and welfare—improving the social sphere for each of Maryland’s children
  • We champion the need for a better world for each child and watching out for them when no one else does—it is all about building positive childhood experiences for generations to come