Posts Tagged ‘youth

09
Jul
15

A Historic Day At The White House

First lady Michelle Obama speaks to Native American youth at the first White House Tribal Youth Gathering, Thursday, July 9, 2015 in Washington. Obama told hundreds of Native American youths that they are all precious and sacred and that "each of you was put on this earth for a reason." (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

First Lady Michelle Obama speaks to Native American youth at the first White House Tribal Youth Gathering. She told hundreds of Native American youths that they are all precious and sacred and that “each of you was put on this earth for a reason”

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Brooke Overture, of the Navajo Nation and from Window Rock, Ariz., listens to first lady Michelle Obama speak at the first White House Tribal Youth Gathering, Thursday, July 9, 2015 in Washington.  Michelle Obama on Thursday told hundreds of Native American youth that they are all precious and sacred and that “each of you was put on this earth for a reason.” (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

Brooke Overturf, of the Navajo Nation from Window Rock, Arizona, listens to First Lady Michelle Obama speak

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Michele Richinick: Michelle Obama to Native American Youth: The Country Needs You

More than 1,000 Native American children gathered Thursday for the first-ever Tribal Youth Gathering at the White House, where first lady Michelle Obama called them precious and sacred members of society. “Each of you was put on this Earth for a reason. Each of you has something that you’re destined to do, whether that’s raising a beautiful family, whether that’s succeeding in a profession or leading your community into a better future,” she said. “You all have a role to play and we need you.” The first lady touched upon the historical struggles of Native Americans: being forced from lands they had lived on for generations, requiring young people to attend boarding schools designed to strip them of their cultural traditions and outlawing their religions and traditional ceremonies. She urged the individuals to learn about their elected officials, and run for local, state or federal office if they aren’t satisfied with their current efforts. “Make no mistake about it, your customs, your values, your discoveries are at the heart of the American story,” she told the crowd. “And yet, as we all know, America hasn’t always treated your people and your heritage with dignity and respect.”

Deandra Antonio, 17, of Whiteriver, Ariz., center, who is on the White Mountain Apache Nation and who serve on the White Mountain Apache youth council, is greeted by first lady Michelle Obama, left, after the first lady spoke at the first White House Tribal Youth Gathering, Thursday, July 9, 2015 in Washington.  Michelle Obama on Thursday told hundreds of Native American youth that they are all precious and sacred and that “each of you was put on this earth for a reason.”  (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

The meeting was part of President Barack Obama’s vow to remove barriers that make it hard for Native American children to succeed. The children came from 230 tribes in 42 states to attend the inaugural summit and meet with the first lady, cabinet officials and members of the White House Council on Native American Affairs. They planned to discuss issues ranging from cultural protection and revitalization, to tribal justice and economic opportunity. Along with the meeting on Thursday, the White House announced several commitments aimed at ensuring Native children can thrive. DOI will issue $995,000 to be distributed to 20 tribal colleges and universities, and will award seven tribal applicants a total of $1.45 million in new funding to build their tribal education departments. And in September, there will be a second Native Languages Summit to identify ways to preserve and revitalize Native languages.

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Wearing traditional regalia Little Bear Johnson, 20, a member of the Kickapoo Nation, who is from Shawnee, Okla., dances to a pop song during a break in programming before the arrival of first lady Michelle Obama to speak to Native American youth at the first White House Tribal Youth Gathering, Thursday, July 9, 2015 in Washington. Obama told hundreds of Native American youths that they are all precious and sacred and that "each of you was put on this earth for a reason." (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

Wearing traditional regalia Little Bear Johnson, a member of the Kickapoo Nation, who is from Shawnee, Oklahoma, dances to a pop song

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First lady Michelle Obama speaks to Native American youth at the first White House Tribal Youth Gathering, Thursday, July 9, 2015 in Washington.  Mrs. Obama told hundreds of Native American youth that they are all precious and sacred and that “each of you was put on this earth for a reason.”  (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

Gusccavedo Harrison, right, of the Navajo Nation who is from Chinle, Ariz., cheers as first lady Michelle Obama mentions the Navajo as being among the Nations present as she speaks to Native American youth at the first White House Tribal Youth Gathering, Thursday, July 9, 2015 in Washington. Obama told hundreds of Native American youths that they are all precious and sacred and that "each of you was put on this earth for a reason."(AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

Gusccavedo Harrison of the Navajo Nation who is from Chinle, Arizona, cheers as First Lady Michelle Obama mentions the Navajo as being among the Nations present as she speaks to Native American youth at the first White House Tribal Youth Gathering

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Brooke Overturf, of the Navajo Nation from Window Rock, Ariz., listens to first lady Michelle Obama speak at the first White House Tribal Youth Gathering, Thursday, July 9, 2015 in Washington. Obama told hundreds of Native American youths that they are all precious and sacred and that "each of you was put on this earth for a reason."(AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

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Shasta Dazen, 21, center, of Whiteriver, Ariz., who is the 53rd Miss Indian Arizona, and Deandra Antonio, 17, right, both of the White Mountain Apache Nation and who serve on the White Mountain Apache youth council, vie for a glimpse of first lady Michelle Obama, after she spoke at the first White House Tribal Youth Gathering, Thursday, July 9, 2015 in Washington.  First lady Michelle Obama on Thursday told hundreds of Native American youth that they are all precious and sacred and that “each of you was put on this earth for a reason.” (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

Shasta Dazen of Whiteriver, Arizona, who is the 53rd Miss Indian Arizona, and Deandra Antonio, right, both of the White Mountain Apache Nation and who serve on the White Mountain Apache youth council, take pictures of First Lady Michelle Obama

29
May
14

Healthy Kids And Safe Sports Concussion Summit

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President Barack Obama hugs Victoria Bellucci, a 2014 graduate of Huntingtown High School in Huntingtown, Md., after she introduced Obama to speak at the White House Healthy Kids & Safe Sports Concussion Summit, in the East Room of the White House in Washington. Bellucci played four years of women’s varsity soccer where she was a team captain and an All-State selection. By the time her high school and club soccer careers ended in 2013, Bellucci had suffered five concussions. President Obama was hosting the summit with representatives of professional sports leagues, coaches, parents, young athletes, researchers and others to call attention to the issue of youth sports concussions.

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President Barack Obama talks at the White House Healthy Kids & Safe Sports Concussion Summit. Listening is Dr. Gerard Gioia

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President Barack Obama is introduced by Victoria Belluci of Huntington, Md. at the White House Healthy Kids & Safe Sports Concussion Summit. Listening are moderator Pam Oliver and Dr. Gerard Gioia

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CBS: President Obama Calls For More Robust Research Into Youth Concussions

The commander-in-chief wants to know more.  President Barack Obama called Thursday for more robust research into youth concussions, saying there remains deep uncertainty over both the scope of the troubling issue and the long-term impacts on young people. “We want our kids participating in sports,” Obama said as he opened a day-long summit on concussions at the White House. “As parents though, we want to keep them safe and that means we have to have better information.” The summit signaled an effort by Obama to use the power of the presidency to elevate a national conversation over youth concussions. The White House brought together representatives of professionalsports leagues, coaches, parents, young athletes, medical professionals and others for the event.

Obama, an avid sports fan and father of two daughters involved in athletics, highlighted millions of dollars in pledges and other support from the National Football League, the National Institutes of Health and others to conduct research that could begin to provide answers and improve safety. Among the financial commitments is a $30 million joint research effort by the NCAA and Defense Department and an NFL commitment of $25 million over the next three years to promote youth sports safety. A concussion is a type of traumatic brain injury that can be caused by a blow to the head, or a blow to the body powerful enough to jostle the brain around inside the skull. Nearly 250,000 kids and young adults visit hospital emergency rooms each year with brain injuries caused by sports or other recreational activity, the White House said.

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President Barack Obama shakes hands with former football player Lavar Arrington, as former professional soccer player and current ESPN analyst Taylor Twellman watches

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USA Today: Obama: We Need ‘Better Data’ On Sports Concussions

President Obama told a White House meeting of athletes, coaches and medical experts Thursday that there are no “solid numbers” on the extent of the concussion problem in football and other contact sports. “We’ve got to have better research, better data, better safety equipment, better protocols,” Obama said at the first White House Healthy Kids & Safe Sports Concussion Summit. While “sports are vital to this country,”

Obama said, society needs to make sure that young people “are able to participate as safely as possible.” The purpose of the summit is to look for better ways to determine the severity of head injuries that could affect the brain, and how to treat them. Moreover, adults need to discourage a “suck-it-up” culture that encourages young athletes to pay through pain, Obama said.

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President Barack Obama speaks at the White House Healthy Kids and Safe Sports Concussion Summit. Pictured from left to right: LaVar Arrington, former NFL linebacker; Victoria Bellucci, a high school soccer player from Huntingtown, Md.; Taylor Twellman, former professional soccer player; Gen. Ray Odierno, Chief of Staff of the United States Army; R. Dawn Comstock, who runs the national high school sports injury surveillance program called High School RIO; Gerard A Gioia, Chief of the Division of Pediatric Neuropsychology at Children’s National Medical Center, Pam Oliver, a reporter with NFL on FOX

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27
Aug
13

Chat Away

@petesouza: Pres Obama meets w mayors from across the country to discuss reducing youth violence

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23
Aug
12

President Obama Engages with Youth with Disabilities




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