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Join us on Thursday for a Community Conversation focused on Children and Youth

Upcoming 2030 Community Conversation: Children & Youth
Governor Dan McKee and his administration are pleased to announce the next community conversation, to be held this Thursday and to be focused on issues related to children and youth. The Community Conversations are designed to help develop a vision and strategy for a more resilient, prosperous, and equitable Rhode Island.
This conversation will take place on Thursday, July 15 at 5:30 PM on Governor McKee’s Facebook page.
Governor McKee has initiated this series of virtual community conversations in order to discuss Rhode Island’s recovery and future — especially given the expected arrival of significant federal stimulus funding.
The conversation will be hosted by Commerce Secretary Stefan Pryor, Womazetta Jones, Secretary of the Executive Office of Health and Human Services, and Angélica Infante-Green, Commissioner of Elementary and Secondary Education.
There will be keynote remarks from Dr. Melissa Merrick, President and CEO of Prevent Child Abuse America. Dr. Merrick is recognized as one of the country’s foremost experts on adverse childhood experiences (ACEs).
Following the presentation, there will be a panel discussion featuring Rhode Island community leaders, including:
  • Ashley Adamson, 2021 Rhode Island Teacher of Year
  • Darlene Allen, CEO and Executive Director, Adoption RI
  • Marcela Betancur, Director, Latino Policy Institute
  • Elizabeth Burke Bryant, Executive Director, Rhode Island KIDS COUNT and Co-Chair RI Early Learning Council
  • Khadija Lewis Khan, Executive Director, Beautiful Beginnings Child Care Center
  • Dr. Beth Lange, Pediatrician and Member of the Pediatric Advisory Council
  • Jaychele Schenck, Co-Founder, Gen Z: We Want to Live
  • Cashawna «Cash» Shakir, Chair, Rhode Island Parent and Caregiver Advisory Council (RIPCAC) and Founder, The Momista Non-Profit
The conversation will also include additional representatives from Governor McKee’s administration, including Kayla Rosen, Director of Early Childhood Strategy.