2024 First For Kids

Back •  Event Date: May 21, 2024

Our annual First for Kids award ceremony elevates important issues that uplift Connecticut’s children and families. At this event, you’ll hear directly from awardees and learn more about their crucial work. 

Please join us to congratulate our 2024 awardees (in alphabetical order):

  • Family Economic Security Advocate Award: Lisa Tepper Bates, President & Chief Executive Officer of United Way of Connecticut, for her leadership and tireless work with the United Way of Connecticut to help advance a state-level Child Tax Credit.
  • Transformative Leadership Award: Gemeem Davis, Vice President and Co-Director and Callie Gale Heilmann, founder, President, and Co-Director ofBridgeport Generation Now for their leadership and work to advance early voting in Connecticut.
  • Continuous Service Award:  William W. Ginsberg, President & CEO of The Community Foundation for Greater New Haven for his incredible legacy and achievements as a philanthropic leader in Connecticut.
  • Racial Justice Award: State Rep. Jason Rojas, House Majority Leader for his leadership and tireless work to advance affordable housing options for residents in every town across Connecticut.

Four ways you can celebrate with us at First for Kids:

Proceeds from this celebration will support the relevant research, research-backed policy recommendations and our research-based advocacy that ensure Connecticut’s children and families can thrive. 

Thank you to our sponsors:

 

 

We envision a Connecticut that creates opportunity for everyone, not just the lucky and privileged few. Together, we can ensure a prosperous future for all of our children.

HELP US AND BE PART OF THE MOVEMENT TO ERADICATE CHILD POVERTY BY MAKING A $10 DONATION TODAY!