Letter Calling for White House Office on Children & Youth

The Forum and our partners have been working hard behind the scenes to create a White House Office on Children and Youth.

In 2006, the Forum and partners successfully advocated for the passage of the Federal Youth Coordination Act, which was signed into law on October 17, 2006.  This act called for the creation of the Federal Youth Development Council -- unfortunately, no funding was appropriated for the act and the Bush Administration refused to start the council until specific funding was appropriated.

Since then, we have been working with Congressional champions to pass a newer, stronger version of the bill, which would create a White House Office on Children and Youth.

Even as we continue our work in the legislative branch, we have a unique opportunity to work with the executive branch. We are advocating for President-Elect Obama to create the White House Office on Children and Youth by executive order. This could jump start the process and have an Office in place from the beginning of the administration!

The Forum and our partners developed a sign on letter to President-Elect Obama and draft executive order, which we circulated to the field.  The response from the field was amazing - in just a few short days, more than 90 of the country's leading child and youth organizations, more than 300 state and local government agencies and non-government organizations, and more than 1000 highly involved individuals signed on.

Learn more at http://www.whitehouseofficeonchildrenandyouth.org

Publishing Date: 
December 19, 2008
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White House Office on Children and Youth Letter with Signatures.pdf288.79 KB
White House Office on Children and Youth Executive Order.pdf34.14 KB