Kids Send Inaugural Message to the President

Young people from 5 to 25 years old deliver frank messages to President Barack Obama for what they want him to focus on in a second term in a new video “Hear Our Voice: A Children’s/Youth Inaugural Address.”

The video is not scripted and features genuine youth voices filmed in schools in Washington, Boston, and New York and in individual videos uploaded by youth across the country.

Hunger, health care, education, college affordability and gun control are among the issues that young Americans ask President Obama and Congress to address in the video, a co-production of the Children’s Leadership Council (CLC) and SparkAction. The video can be seen and downloaded at: or Please take a look and share!

It concludes with a call to give youth “a seat at the table,” by creating a Presidential Youth Council. Such a Council will give young people—using their first-hand experience with systems like education, child welfare, juvenile justice, public health and school lunch programs, etc.— opportunities to bring the issues they care about directly to policymakers in Washington, and help shape the policies and programs that affect their lives.

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