NOAH will be hosting a state-wide Day of Power and Prayer for our Children, aimed at calling attention to the way Tennessee has failed our public-school students, and demanding legislative action to remedy this failure. This event will be both live and virtual, and will take place simultaneously in Nashville, Memphis, and Chattanooga, where our sister organizations, MICAH and CALEB, will be co-hosting. We will hold the local in-person event at McKendree United Methodist Church at 523 Church Street in Downtown Nashville. Please register, for in-person or virtual attendance here: bit.ly/DOPPTN
The physical, emotional and mental health of our children is in critical condition – now more than ever! The numbers are stark:
-Suicide is the second leading cause of death to our young people.
-1 in 10 children ages 12 to 17 have expressed a depressive episode in the last 12 months.
-The Governor’s own data shows that 1 in 5 children has a mental health diagnosis in a given year.
-In 2019, over 200,000 of our students had a chronic illness or disability diagnosis.
And yet, Tennessee is 43rd in the US in public school funding, and ranks at the bottom in the expenditure of taxable resources on public education.
In the last legislative session, bipartisan bills to increase funding for school nurses, counselors, and social workers passed all the education committees. The total annual cost of these proNashvilleposals would have been less than $70 million, and the good they would have done would have been immeasurable. But with a budget reserve of almost $2 billion, the administration, and the majority in the legislature, refused to fund these proposals, and the measures failed.
In the meantime, Tennessee continues to spend almost 3 times the money, per capita, on incarceration as it does on public education. This fact alone should disturb anyone with a moral conscience!
We are asking that you join us at the Day of Power and Prayer on August 15, to help bring the power of our numbers and our shared spiritual values to this fight for our children.
In the meantime, please do not hesitate to contact us directly with any questions by emailing [email protected] We are counting on your support.