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The Karabelle Pizzigati Initiative in Advocacy for Children, Youth and Families

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The Karabelle Pizzigati Initiative in Advocacy for Children Youth and Families builds a pipeline of informed, effective advocates to ensure all children are healthy, safe, learning and joyful.

The late Karabelle Pizzigati spent her career striving to change that reality by empowering champions for children with the policy skills to make a lasting impact. In her name, the Karabelle Pizzigati Initiative Fellowship inspires the best and brightest students to pursue careers in children's advocacy. Through this experience, students gain experience and insight into the field by working in organizations who make a real difference in the lives of children.

Students are empowered to use their voice as a powerful force for change, now and into the future. Throughout the fellowship, students learn from recognized experts in a 10-week paid internship.  In addition to the internship, students will be coached and mentored, preparing them to enter a career in children's advocacy. We plan to honor Ms. Karabelle Pizzigati's legacy by increasing the pool of diverse, visionary leaders with the confidence and competence to lead and sustain major systems reform for kids.

$500K Gift Supports the Karabelle Pizzigati Initiative in Advocacy for Children, Youth and Families

Donors Michael Sullivan and Nancy Moseley aim to continue their friend’s legacy and inspire a new generation of advocates.

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New SPP Course Builds a Pipeline of Emerging Child Advocates

The Children and Family Policy Impact class exposes students to the policies that impact children and their families and equips them with the skills they will need to advocate for kids.

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Meet Brandi Slaughter, SPP's New Associate Clinical Professor

Slaughter will serve as program director of the The Karabelle Pizzigati Fellows Initiative in Advocacy for Children, Youth and Families.

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The Karabelle Pizzigati Initiative Fellowship

The School of Public Health and the School of Public Policy partner annually to name students as Karabelle Pizzigati fellows. These students have a commitment to a career in children's advocacy. In addition to required coursework, fellows will participate in paid internships over the summer. Fellows will work closely with the program director to identify and prepare for an internship opportunity in the children's advocacy field.

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