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Children's Wellbeing
Changemakers Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

About the Children's Wellbeing Initiative

Ashoka Changemakers and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation have launched an initiative to promote children’s wellbeing in the United States.

We believe that children thrive when they develop a strong sense of self, belonging, and purpose. These three elements of wellbeing are just as important as exercise and reading; they help children learn to care for others, develop resilience, and problem-solve in their families and communities.

The Children's Wellbeing Initiative is focused on securing wellbeing for every child in the United States, from infancy to 12 years. We’re interested in supporting caregivers, fostering changemaking, and breaking cycles of trauma and invalidation. Kids need to feel valued by the individuals and systems that affect them—no matter their race, class, gender, sexual orientation, or ability.

In this first phase, we are pursuing three core activities:

Mapping social innovations in children’s wellbeing to understand key opportunities in the sector

Hosting a challenge that will elect a cohort of extraordinary leaders, amplify their voices, and invite them to shape the agenda of the Children's Wellbeing Initiative; and

Nurturing a cross-sector network of funders, innovators, policy makers, and others to drive a shared vision for the wellbeing of children in the U.S.A.