First Lady Michelle Obama Endorses Walking School Buses

In remarks to Mayors gathered at the White House last week, First Lady Michelle Obama highlighted Knox County, Tennesssee, where -- inspired by the First Lady's Let's Move campaign -- schools have started a walking school bus and a bike share program. 

“I've heard more and more of this kind of walking school bus happening all over the country -- so that kids can get exercise on the way to school, kind of like we did when we were growing up," she said.

A walking school bus is a group of children who walk to school with adult chaperones. “It’s about people all across this country coming together to take action to support the health of our kids," Mrs. Obama added.  "We’ve seen it happen in cities, towns and rural areas across the United States."

Watch the video:

Source: CNS News - Michelle Obama Gives a Nod to Walking School Buses

LA County: Youth Perspectives on Walking, Bicycling, and Going Metro

The National Partnership's regional network in LA County is excited to share a new 3+ minute video on walking, bicycling and riding transit in Los Angeles County. This video was developed as a tool for our transportation policy work in LA County.

We greatly appreciate all the guidance, interviewing, filming and editing our awesome partner Youth Speak Media Solutions did that resulted in this video! We’re excited to share it with everyone and help make Los Angeles County a even better place to walk, bicycle and ride Metro.

Learn more about Safe Routes to School in LA County here.

Save Transportation Alternatives - Contact your Senators!

Save Transportation Alternatives - Contact your Senators!

We need your help! Please contact your Senators today so we can maintain the Transportation Alternatives program and the local control provisions that help build bikeable and walkable cities and towns.
 
Just last year Congress passed a new transportation bill, MAP-21, that dismantled dedicated funding for biking and walking by combining Transportation Enhancements, Safe Routes to School and Recreational Trails into one program and cutting the funding by 30%.  The saving grace was that the bill included a local control provision to ensure that Mayors and communities could access to these dollars to support local transportation priorities.
 
Now Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky wants to wipe out what’s left.
 
Senator Paul has introduced an amendment to the Transportation Appropriations bill to prohibit ANY MONEY from being used for Transportation Alternatives, and to redirect that money towards bridge repair.
 
While we agree that repairing our bridges are important, both for safety and economic development reasons, so are our local economies and the safety of our children. Dedicating the small amount of Transportation Alternatives funding to bridge repair couldn't fix our country's bridges in 50 years. And, taking that small amount of funding away would dangerously undermine efforts in our cities, towns and counties to provide safe and efficient transportation options for everyone, including our children. With rates of bicycling and walking fatalities on the rise, that is a trade we can’t afford to make.
 
Please contact your Senators and ask them to save Transportation Alternatives by voting NO on amendment 1742.
 
Thank you so much for your help!

Deb Hubsmith
Safe Routes to School National Partnership

California Communications Assistant - Job Announcement

Job Announcement

Program: Safe Routes to School National Partnership 

Institution: Bikes Belong Foundation 

Posted: July 3, 2013 

Start Date: As soon as possible in July 

Location: Sacramento, CA – your home office 

Applications: Should be sent to jeanie@saferoutespartnership.org based on specific details below. You are encouraged to apply as soon as possible as applications will be accepted until July 12 and interviews conducted on a rolling basis. 

Summary: The California Communications Assistant is a temporary contract position from July through December 2013 to support the California campaign to protect state funding for Safe Routes to School. This part-time contract position will support the work of the California Advocacy Organizer in creating educational campaign materials and resources and updating websites, e-newsletters, and social media. Responsibilities will also include organizing for meetings and partner calls to mobilize grassroots advocacy and to assist with communications with partner organizations, the public, and policy makers around: 

  • Protecting Safe Routes to School funding
  • Advancing a good structure for the Governor’s proposed Active Transportation Program if adopted 
  • Ensuring provisions for lower income communities to advance equity in the Active Transportation Program if adopted 
  • Promoting how Safe Routes to School contributes positively to climate protection issues as an eligible recipient of cap-and-trade revenue (possible additional research required) 

Required qualifications for the California communications assistant position include: a bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience; experience in policy, campaign, communications and/or advocacy work; knowledge of Safe Routes to School; excellent written and verbal communication skills; strong problem solving skills; detail-oriented; and proficient with PCs and with MS Office software. 

The communications assistant will follow communication standards and review processes in coordination with National Partnership communications department. 

Reports to: California Advocacy Organizer 

Classification: Independent contract position (20 hrs/week, and up to 40 hrs/week for 2-3 weeks prior to Safe Routes to School National Conference Aug 13-15), six month contract (July-Dec 2013). 

Rate of pay: $25/hour with a maximum contract amount of $15,000 over the six month period. 

Key Responsibilities: 

  • Develop lists of Safe Routes to School projects in target regions and districts in California to educate policy makers about the local benefits of the program 
  • Write and edit online messaging such as action alerts and blogs, and other educational print materials, share information to partners. 
  • Update social media such Facebook, Twitter, and WordPress sites 
  • Write and disseminate press releases, as needed, gather and maintain media contact lists 
  • Organize conference calls and webinars with partners and recruit attendance especially for equity and health partners 
  • Assist with additional activities, special projects, research and other duties as assigned 

To apply: Interested applicants should submit a cover letter, resume and three writing samples in one PDF file to Jeanie Ward-Waller, California Advocacy Organizer at jeanie@saferoutespartnership.org. The PDF file shall be named as follows: [LastName]_[CACommunicationsAssistant].pdf. Ensure that the subject line of your email includes the text “CA Communications Assistant.” We do not accept email or telephone inquiries. 

Receipt of applications will be acknowledged with an email reply. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis but the deadline for application is July 12. Applying soon is encouraged as interviews will be conducted on a rolling basis and the position filled as soon as possible. 

Spring Success for Fire Up Your Feet!

Margaux MennessonThis spring, families and schools across the country joined in the Fire Up Your Feet activity challenge, a program designed to encourage students, families, and school staff to walk, bike, and get physical activity in daily life. Together, families and schools logged a collective 292,400 minutes of activity and more than 7,000 miles. WAY TO GO!

Voices for Healthy Kids - Request for Awards

Voices for Healthy Kids – Request for Awards

The American Heart Association (AHA) together with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) are working to reverse the childhood obesity epidemic in the United States by 2015 and to decrease racial, ethnic, and income disparities in prevalence. Through our Voices for Healthy Kids’ Strategic Campaign Fund, the AHA is targeting the following six state, local and tribal advocacy priorities:

  • Increase equity around joint use agreements and street-scale improvement in underserved communities
  • Reduce access to unhealthy competitive foods in schools
  • Reduce unhealthy beverage consumption using pricing (dis)incentives
  • Increase incentives and demand for strengthening industry self-regulation and government regulation of food marketing to kids
  • Increase the number of healthy food retail outlets receiving funding from food financing initiatives in underserved communities
  • Improve physical activity standards in out-of-school/out-of-class time in underserved communities

THE PROGRAM

Voices for Healthy Kids’ Strategic Campaign Fund is awarding grants with a mix of lobbying and non-lobbying resources to support strategic issue advocacy campaigns focused on fighting childhood obesity through state, local, and tribal public policy campaigns aligned with the Voices for Healthy Kids policy priorities outlined above.  Applications must be specific to an individual campaign for public policy change in one state, local, or tribal geographic location—we are not awarding regional grants, multi-location funding, or support for technical assistance-based support strategies.  Specifically, grantee proposals must be:

  • Impactful: The specific binding policy being pursued must actually deliver population impact
  • Viable and Promising: The application must be engaged in a viable and promising childhood obesity public policy effort
  • Supported by Match: The applicant will commit a small amount of its own funds and resources that will provide critical ownership, additional advocacy operations, and increase the potential for sustainability
  • Compliant: Grantees must follow compliance requirements mandated by the AHA

Priority will be given to campaign reaching the highest need populations and/or those with the greatest potential to impact wider movement-building impact and momentum.

TOTAL AWARDS

Voices for Healthy Kids is allocating six awards up to a maximum of $90,000 per award for a period of one year with potential renewal. In addition to this base level of funding, grantees will be supported by a robust technical assistance initiative and also have priority access to supplemental additional potential resources (including Rapid Response). The awards mentioned above are for non-lobbying activities only. Additional award funds are available for lobbying activities and will be determined based on the proposal submitted by each applicant.

ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA

Applicants must be nonprofit organizations that are tax-exempt under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code and are not private foundation or non-functionally integrated Type III supporting organizations (no government agencies). AHA will require IRS documentation of 501(c)(3) status through the application process.

APPLICATION PROCESS

For more information on submitting an application, visit:

Applications will be evaluated by an independent review committee and announcement of awards will be made approximately 6-8 weeks after submission.

Organizations wishing to apply should submit their completed applications to: Voicesforhealthykids@heart.org

For Questions regarding the application, please contact Debbie.Hornor@heart.org

Download the Voices for Healthy Kids Budget Template

Download the Voices for Healthy Kids Award Application

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