Take 5 Mins to Protect Just Investments Today | July 9, 2013

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On Independence Day, the Campaign for a Presidential Youth Council and SparkAction announced the Top 24 Under 24 Youth Changemakers who are interacting with government to keep our democracy strong. They come from all walks of life and have truly inspiring stories to share. They inspired us; let them inspire you.

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DC capitolJoin the Forum for Youth Investment in a webinar to learn about plans by the Obama administration to support such comprehensive efforts for youth, especially disconnected youth. The Interagency Working Group on Youth Programs and FindYouthInfo.gov will present Pathways for Youth, the working group's draft strategic plan for federal collaboration, and invites participants to provide feedback. There are two opportunities to join:
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The Success Beyond 18 campaign isn't just about engaging states in sustainable reforms for youth aging out of foster care: it's also about engaging the youth themselves in that process. Two of the Jim Casey Youth Opportunities Initiative's Youth Fellows ---- youth in or alumni of the foster care system who advise the campaign on best approaches to reforms ---- shared their stories with us. Their realities represent a true need for reform:


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