Who We Are

Our Mission: 

Fostering ingenuity, inspiring change and cultivating generations of healthy, happy kids.

Vision: 

Envisioning a day when all of West Virginia’s children are safe, healthy, and aspire to do great things. 

Values

1. Kids come first. Our mission and vision remain focused on growing healthy kids. While families and communities play an integral part in their upbringing, our work centralizes on kid-specific challenges and solutions. All kids matter, and we have a responsibility to cultivate an environment that nurtures them to their healthiest potential.

2. Our staff is a valued asset. Much like cultivating an environment that values children, we work to build a work culture of respect, dignity, fairness, and equality. 

3. We’re governed by a board of directors who are invested in kids’ health. Our board represents West Virginia’s diversity—of professional disciplines, generational perspectives, our different communities and cultures—and brings a wealth of compassion and expertise in children’s health issues to the governing table.

4. We are politically neutral. Kids are not democrats or republicans, and when we are at work for Think Kids, neither are we. While policy reform grows increasingly partisan, we remain steadfast in our commitment to do what’s best for kids. 

Strategies

1. Think tanks matter. It’s a hard time to be a kid in West Virginia. In these transformative times of disruption and change, we need our state’s best researchers providing independent analysis of policy reform, guiding decisions at all stages of the policy process.

2. Learn from what works. West Virginia’s communities have a rich history of implementing specific programs and interventions to address local needs. But who evaluates their effectiveness? What happens to them when the grant funding ends? By centralizing information about community programs and their efficacy, we can build both build historic knowledge and champion successful programs for replication. We can also lend a hand in identifying and garnering grant support for great projects.

3. Advocate for bold, evidence-informed policy change. We know that cultivating relationships with stakeholders and policymakers is key to advancing reform. We want to be perceived as a trusted source of information. To achieve this, we will do our homework, remain objective, and build a public reputation as an informed, unbiased champion for children.

4. Put thought into action. Change is always difficult, especially for large bureaucracies. We’re here to help. From the first spark of inspiration to implementation, we work to address and overcome challenges along the way, whether it be via public awareness campaigns, professional development, community forums, or other strategies that move ideas forward.