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For Immediate Release
Office of the Press Secretary
February 7, 2008
Fact Sheet: Continuing the Work of Helping Our Nation's Youth
President Bush Signs Executive Order Creating Interagency Working Group On Youth Programs
"Because one of the deepest values of our country is compassion, we must never turn away from any citizen who feels isolated from the opportunities of America. … Tonight, I propose a three-year initiative to help organizations keep young people out of gangs, and show young men an ideal of manhood that respects women and rejects violence."
─ President George W. Bush, 2/2/05
"The work that you do in your communities, helping young people build the knowledge and the self-respect they need to lead successful lives, is at the heart of Helping America's Youth."
– Mrs. Laura Bush, 8/4/06
Today, President Bush signed an Executive Order establishing the Interagency Working Group on Youth Programs, a coalition of Federal agencies that will help support communities and organizations working to help our Nation's youth. This Order builds on the success of the Helping America's Youth Initiative, a three-year interagency initiative announced by President Bush in his 2005 State of the Union address. The President asked Mrs. Bush to lead this nationwide effort to raise awareness about the challenges facing our youth, particularly at-risk boys, and to motivate caring adults to connect with youth in three key areas: family, school, and community. As the leader of this Initiative, Mrs. Bush has hosted one national conference and five regional conferences, and participated in 125 other Helping America's Youth activities in 24 states, plus Washington D.C., to promote the efforts of youth-serving organizations. The Executive Order President Bush signed today will further support communities and youth-serving organizations by:
President And Mrs. Bush Believe Every American Has The Opportunity To Help Children And Youth Lead More Hopeful Lives
The Helping America's Youth Initiative has helped communities connect children and youth with caring adults and community organizations that are helping them avoid risky behavior and achieve success. In three short years, hundreds of communities have participated in regional Helping America's Youth conferences, which have helped identify best practices and spotlighted the successful efforts of such youth-serving programs as a leadership camp for fatherless boys, gang-prevention programs, and faith-based after-school programs.
The Community Guide to Helping America's Youth is assisting communities in meeting the needs of their youth. The Community Guide to Helping America's Youth is a website designed to assist communities as they seek to form local partnerships, assess their communities' assets, identify local and Federal resources, and search for evidence-based programs to meet community needs. Over 1,000 members of community partnerships across the country have participated in day-long trainings on how to use this valuable Guide, which is available at: http://www.helpingamericasyouth.gov/guide.cfm.
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