Iowans overwhelmingly support investing in our kids, and especially early education. This is key because research shows the first five years of children’s lives are critically important for their development. We’re committed to ensuring all children succeed in school and life.

That’s why we’re empowering everyday Iowans to be the voice for kids.

Iowan activists use their voices in a number of ways! Our activists post information and actions to their social media pages, staff booths at community events, meet with elected officials and even ask presidential candidates questions about how they would work to help children.

There are countless ways you can use your voice to advocate for children. Plus, joining in our work will positively impact your life as well as the lives of children in Iowa and beyond.

Upcoming Events

To learn more about an upcoming event or to volunteer, please contact E.J. Wallace at

Within Our Reach: Ending Preventable Maternal & Childhood Deaths

Cedar Rapids Public LIbrary (map) October 17 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

2-year-old Saguirou from Niger could have died from an easily treatable illness. Thankfully, that was not the case because he was able to recover from diarrhea when his mother took him to get the help he needed. He received highly nutritious, fortified milk.

Did you know that every day, 16,000 children around the world die, many from preventable causes?

Save the Children Action Network is partnering with the United Nations Association of Iowa, and the Iowa chapter of United Methodist Women to present an evening devoted to children around the world. Come hear speakers from your community talk about what we need to do to end preventable, treatable causes of infant and maternal deaths around the globe within a generation.

Where: We’ll meet out in front of the Cedar Rapids Public Library, 408 4th Ave. SE, Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

When: Tuesday, October 17, 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

What: You will hear from experts who will share powerful stories of how investing in the health of moms and kids around the world can transform lives and communities. Then, we will take a group photo to share on social media calling on our elected leaders to invest in kids!

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Campaign Materials

We want to help you be an effective voice for kids. Below are resources to help you take action in your community.

Join Us

Contact Iowa’s Save the Children Action Network staff member to learn how you can be a voice for kids.

E.J. Wallace
Mobilization Manager, Iowa

E.J. brings a deep passion for social justice and community engagement to the SCAN team, fueled by his family and faith. He began his interest in advocacy and community organizing at Drake University, where he studied Sociology and volunteered with various community based organizations.

From 2010 to 2014, E.J. was a community organizer with the hotel workers union, UNITE HERE! in Honolulu, Hawaii. In this role, he learned the value of empowering people to use their collective voices to make positive, lasting change that benefited their entire community.

E.J. is an Iowa native and a father of an amazing 3-year-old. He is excited to work in his home state, mobilizing Iowans to hold policy makers accountable to children and families.