Helping Americas Youth
Mrs. Bush Focuses Efforts on Advancing Education and Opportunity For Young People
Announced by President Bush in his 2005 State of the Union Address, the Helping America's Youth initiative, led by Mrs. Bush, encourages Americans to engage in helping young people become healthy and successful adults. This nationwide effort works to raise awareness about the challenges facing youth, particularly at-risk boys, and to motivate caring adults to connect with youth in three key areas: family, school, and community.
Helping America's Youth Initiative Convened Experts From Across The Country
In October 2005, President and Mrs. Bush convened The White House Conference on Helping America's Youth at Howard University in Washington, D.C. More than 500 parents, civic leaders, faith-based and community service providers, educators, and experts gathered to address problems facing America's youth and showcase successful solutions.
The success of The White House Conference inspired six regional conferences in Indiana, Colorado, Tennessee, Minnesota, Texas, and Oregon. Co-hosted by Mrs. Bush, the conferences provided training sessions and an expert speaker series to give state and local participants best practices, successful program guidance, and lessons learned to apply to their work on behalf of young people in their communities.
The Initiative Has Developed Resources For Caring Adults Who Want To Help America's Youth
The Community Guide to Helping America's Youth provides Americans with resources to form partnerships and implement successful programs. Developed by a working group of experts from across the Federal government, the web-based Guide includes:
The Vital Work Of Helping America's Youth Will Continue Through A New Presidential Working Group
On February 7, 2008, the President signed an Executive Order establishing the Interagency Working Group on Youth Programs. The Executive Order underscores the importance of ensuring the continuity of this successful effort.
For more on Helping Americas Youth, please visit www.helpingamericasyouth.gov