Photos from CDF American Idol's Idol Give Back watch parties in April 2008. CDF is thrilled to be an official Idol Gives Back 2008 beneficiary. During the special broadcast of American Idol, on April 9, that raised awareness and benefited select U.S. and international charities, CDF Board Member Reese Witherspoon highlighted CDF's work for children.
Five high school students from the Washington, D.C. metro area received college scholarships at a reception in their honor as a part of CDF's Beat the Odds program. The Beat the Odds scholarship program was started by CDF in 1990 to affirm the success of young people who are overcoming tremendous obstacles in their lives while working hard, demonstrating academic excellence, and giving back to their communities.
Photos from CDF's national Cradle to Prison Pipeline® Summit at Howard University, September 25-26, 2007 to address the nationwide crisis and its devastating impact on children, youth and their families, particularly within the Black and Latino communities. CDF’s Cradle to Prison Pipeline® Campaign is a national call to action to stop the funneling of tens of thousands of youth, predominantly minorities, down life paths that often lead to arrest, conviction, incarceration and, in some cases, death.
Highlights from the CDF Freedom Schools program. CDF Freedom Schools program provides critical summer and after-school enrichment through a model curriculum that supports children and familiesaround five essential components: high quality academic enrichment, parent and family involvement, civic engagement and social action, intergenerational leadership development, and nutrition, health and mental health.
On July 18, 2007, CDF Freedom Schools sites across the country participated in the CDF Freedom Schools National Day of Social Action. The social action and civic engagement component of the CDF Freedom Schools model teaches youth to engage in community service and social justice advocacy.
Devante was a 13-year-old boy with advanced cancer of the kidneys who went without any health coverage for four months while his mother attempted to renew his Medicaid coverage. After struggling courageously against his cancer, on March 1, 2007, Devante died at the age of 14 from complications of the disease.
"Valencia and her three children, 12-year-old Kevin, 16-year-old Monica and 18-year-old Pedro are still adjusting to life in Texas after relocating because of Hurricane Katrina. As if getting used to a new life in a new city wasn’t enough to deal with, after emergency Medicaid ended for evacuee families, Valencia found it difficult to access health care for the children, and they lost their coverage. It took more than a year for the coverage issues to be resolved. During the year that the children were uninsured, they were in desperate need of help. Valencia thought that the children were suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), but without insurance she was unable to get them evaluated for counseling or treatment. Her oldest child, Pedro, suffered episodes of depression and dropped out of school because the stress was too much. Sixteen-year-old Monica also went without treatment for her sickle cell anemia. The situation was traumatic for Valencia, who is disabled and provides for her family on a fixed income. Finally, their coverage has been restored, and Valencia is able to get her children much needed health care. "
Camilla has cystic fibrosis and requires ongoing health care, including daily medications. She and her sister, Christina, periodically must go without health care because of bureaucratic processing problems that often occur when trying to renew their SCHIP coverage.