Welcome to the Campaign for a White House Office on Children and Youth. Take Action by contacting the President and Congress today!
Far too few of our nation’s young people are ready for college, work and life. Just 4 in 10 youth are in school or working, healthy, and connected to their community. Approximately 30 percent of high school students do not graduate on time. For African American and Hispanic students, on-time graduation is a 50-50 proposition. Employers report that 4 in 10 high school students lack the skills needed for work.
The Federal government runs hundreds of programs to serve children and youth ages 0-24, spread across 12 departments and agencies. The vast majority of these efforts are essential and effective; however, they are not part of an integrated, strategic plan to help at-risk populations achieve successful adulthood. Overall, the federal government’s efforts for children and youth are scattershot and these fragmented efforts, contained within narrow silos, are failing America’s young people. Further, few of the efforts designed to help young people have been designed with clear input from the young people the programs serve. America needs leadership which transcends silos, believes in youth voices, and provides a clear vision for success for all federal efforts supporting children and youth.
The Solution: A White House Office on Children and Youth
Establish a White House Office on Children and Youth to provide coordinated leadership and vision across departments and agencies; develop and oversee interagency implementation of a National Youth Strategy laying out the child and youth well-being results our nation must achieve and the reforms necessary to succeed; and provide young people a voice in the policies which impact them directly.
What you can do to help
- Send a message to the President and Congress asking them to create a White House Office on Children and Youth!