"The 'State of the Union' for America's Children/Youth is discouraging," said
To set a children/youth agenda for the new term, CLC and SparkAction produced a video ("Hear Our Voice") recently that features the unscripted voices of youth, aged 5 to 25, telling the President what needs to be fixed now. Click here for video.
The kids argue that college affordability, gun control, hunger, health care, and education need to be addressed by the President. In America today:
- One in five children go hungry every day;
- 22% live in poverty;
- Nearly 700,000 are abused or neglected every year; yet, nearly 40 percent of the children whose maltreatment is substantiated receive no services – not home visiting, therapy, foster care or anything else;
- Nearly 10% do not have health insurance (7 million);
- Nearly two-thirds of fourth-graders and more than two-thirds of eighth graders cannot read or do math at grade level;
- Only 14% of three-year-olds and 40% of four-year-olds eligible to be served by
Head Startare enrolled in early childhood education programs;
- Two-thirds of students with four-year bachelor's degrees graduate with an average student loan debt of more than
$25,000, and 1-in-10 borrowers now graduate owing more than $54,000;
- In 2012,
Congressspent about 8% of the budget on children.
"Every child deserves a chance at a healthy, successful life, regardless of economic circumstances," said
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