The advocacy group, Children’s Leadership Council (CLC), has put together an online video called Hear Our Voice that features the unscripted voices of youth, aged 5 to 25, telling the president what needs to be fixed now.
“The ‘State of the Union’ for America’s Children/Youth is discouraging,” says Alan Houseman, chairman of the CLC, which calls itself the nation’s largest coalition of child and youth organizations, based in Washington. “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.”
The kids argue that college affordability, gun control, hunger, health care, and education need to be addressed by the president.
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“Every child deserves a chance at a healthy, successful life, regardless of economic circumstances,” says Caitlin Johnson, co-founder and 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.”
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