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WASHINGTON, Feb. 11, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- As the President prepares to deliver the State of the Union Address tomorrow night, advocates are delivering a "discouraging" assessment of the "State of the Union" for children and youth.
"The 'State of the Union' for America's Children/Youth is discouraging," said Alan Houseman, Chairman of the Children's Leadership Council (CLC), the nation's largest coalition of child and youth organizations, based in Washington, DC. "The 'State of America's Future' is tied to the well-being of our children both now and in the future. Our leaders need to address the issues raised in Hear Our Voice."
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:
"Every child deserves a chance at a healthy, successful life, regardless of economic circumstances," said Caitlin Johnson, co-founder & managing director of SparkAction, a journalism and advocacy site to mobilize action by and for young people. "As President Obama lays out his plans for the next four years, we hope this video will continue to raise awareness of issues that concern young people and give them a voice in Washington."
SOURCE Children's Leadership Council