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House Approves Importance of Children Resolution

On June 20, the House overwhelmingly approved, 424-0, a resolution (H. Res. 124) recognizing the importance of children to America’s future and supporting the goals of American Youth Day. “This simple proposal encourages communities all across the nation to set aside one day each year to honor organizations and individuals that take the time to help young people, especially those who are vulnerable to negative influences and at risk of falling through the cracks, help these young people fulfill their dreams,” said Rep. Ander Crenshaw (R-FL), sponsor of the resolution.

Celebrated on a Saturday near the beginning of the school year, American Youth Day encourages Americans to participate in local and national activities to fulfill the five promises to young people as established by America’s Promise—The Alliance for Youth, a non-profit organization founded by Secretary of State Colin Powell in 1997 and dedicated to advancing the health and well-being of children. These promises include:

  • ongoing relationships with caring adults, such as parents, mentors, tutors, or coaches;
  • safe places with structured activities during non-school hours;
  • a healthy start and future;
  • marketable skills through effective education; and
  • opportunities to give back through community service.
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