Our vision is for all young people—from infancy to adolescence to youth—to have the chance to reach their fullest potential. With the resources to transform their communities, societies and nations, they will build a better world for everyone.
To address the issues facing young people, we need a whole child approach.
A Generation at Stake
Investments in children and youth yield some of the highest returns—and make the biggest impacts on a person’s life. Unfortunately, the U.S. government often only focuses on one issue facing a young person at a time. To solve that problem, we need a whole child approach. A whole child approach engages a broad spectrum of support systems, including family, school, and community to ensure children and youth reach their full potential. It equally values all aspects of a child’s well-being—social, emotional, physical, intellectual, spiritual, and creative—to ensure they become active citizens and life-long learners. Watch this video to learn more.
Existing U.S. Efforts
“Today, 16% of the global population—1.2 billion people—are 15 to 24 years old. By 2030, that number is expected to grow by 7%.” (Source UN)
1 in 8 of the world’s children have been sexually abused, according to meta-analysis research. (Source Child Maltreatment)
7 Million Children
More than 7 million children have lost a parent or caregiver due to COVID-19. (Source Imperial College London)
It is estimated that just 0.08% of the federal budget goes to children internationally. (Source First Focus)
Online Sexual Exploitation
Reports of suspected online sexual exploitation and abuse of children increased 73% from 2019 to 2021. (Source NCMEC)