About the Authors

Lori DuPont: B.A. in Family Life Education and Family Social Service and a licensed Parent Educator. Early Childhood Family Education (ECFE) parent educator from 1987 to 1997. Currently Lori is Family and Consumer Science teacher at Minneapolis Work Opportunity Center, an alternative senior high school.

"Being committed to our youth has always been a part of who I am, both personally and professionally. Never have I seen a single written piece so comprehensively and vividly illustrate what all youth of our world need, until the U.N. Convention on the Rights of the Child. In solidarity, I am compelled to share this convention with others so that together we can make a difference for our youth."

Annette Gagliardi, B.A. in Child Care Occupations, M.Ed. in Adult Education and Early Childhood Education, licensed as an Early Childhood teacher and a Parent Educator. Annette has taught Minneapolis Early Childhood Family Education since 1986

"I think we all must work together in order to make our world a better place for all children. The Convention on the Rights of the Child clearly defines my beliefs about how children should be treated worldwide. I want others to know about it and learn from it."

Joanne Foley, B.A. in Psychology and a licensed Parent Educator. Joanne is a Parent/Infant Specialist and has been a Minneapolis Early Childhood Family Education teacher since 1984.

"I became interested in the rights of children through the Partners in Human Rights Education program. Teaching parents about children's rights and responsibilities fits so well with what we teach in parenting, it just seemed natural for me to get more involved with it and develop a focus on it. It dovetails with my personal spiritual values, too."

The authors, left to right,
Joanne Foley, Annette Gagliardi,
and Lori DuPont

"In life, many things influence and move us to change, grow, and create. Sometimes forces beyond what we can tangibly see push us onward to places never imagined. Onward we flow into our journey - looking beyond what we see to find what always has been." Lori DuPont

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