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Allies for Children builds alliances and serves as a bold voice for policy and practice changes that improve the wellbeing of all children and youth in Allegheny County, especially those with the greatest need.

Our Vision

Each child has the opportunities and assistance necessary to develop into a healthy, educated and contributing member of the community.

Our Mission

Allies for Children builds alliances and serves as a bold voice for policy and practice changes that improve the wellbeing of all children and youth in Allegheny County, especially those with the greatest need.

Our Guiding Principles

Be a voice for children: Make our work putting the needs and interests of children at the center of policy discussions.

Use data and evidence: Ensure that public policy recommendations are based on the best available evidence to strengthen validity.

Work with all stakeholders in a respectful manner: Acknowledge the unique capacity each individual or group brings to the table and listen carefully to understand unique points of view.

Lead only when it is strategic: Follow when others are already effectively advancing the desired policy change.

Operate in a non-partisan manner: All policymakers, regardless of political affiliation, value children and have a role in advancing public policy.

Recognize alliances are about influence: Work in alliance to exercise influence and not dictate.

Work in a collaborative manner: Value those who came before us for their important contributions and join with them to make change.

Build, don’t burn bridges: Today’s opponent may be tomorrow’s ally.

Be passionate but never strident: Relationships are critical to advancing change.

Reach for high goals and take risks, but remain pragmatic: Understand that policy change is a long process with many steps, including setbacks and gains, and unexpected twists along the way.

Be accretive: Add value to the dialogue about children, rather than duplicating the good work of others.