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April 4, 2018 | Sign Up to Receive ED Youth Voices

In This Issue:

    Secretary DeVos Hosts First Meeting of Federal School Safety Commission

    Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos hosted the first meeting of the administration’s Federal Commission on School Safety last week, joined by Attorney General Jeff Sessions, Secretary of Health and Human Services Alex Azar, and Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen Nielsen. 

    Safety Commission Members

    Watch the recap video here.

    The Commission will continue to engage stakeholders and will hold field hearings in the coming weeks to solicit solutions and best practices from the public.

    Have your own ideas on how we can improve school safety? Send them to safety@ed.gov

    Generation Next: A White House Forum

    President Trump speaking to 200 student leaders

    The White House hosted nearly 200 millennials last month for “Generation Next,” a forum for discussions with senior Administration officials that included an interview with President Donald J. Trump. Attendees at the summit included small business owners, farmers, journalists, policy analysts, and leaders from college campuses across the country. The conversation focused on how best to support this next generation of American entrepreneurs and policy advocates. The attendees met with various White House officials including Advisor to the President Ivanka Trump, Counselor to the President Kellyanne Conway, and Special Assistant to the President Kelly Sadler. They were also joined by Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar, Labor Alex Acosta and Justice Department Director of Public Affairs Sarah Flores. 

    Rethinking Higher Education Panel at SXSW EDU

    U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos hosted a Rethink Higher Education panel on Tuesday, March 6, 2018, at the SXSW EDU Conference and Festival. She provided opening remarks and moderated a panel discussion on innovation in higher education. You can read the secretary’s prepared remarks here.

    White House Launches Websites for Opioid Policy Rollout

    More Americans died from opioid overdoses than from car crashes in 2016. President Donald J. Trump is confronting this crisis by promoting safer prescribing and reducing the flow of illicit drugs. In coordination with President Trump’s opioid policy rollout, the White House has launched two websites, one to fight against stigma and the other to inform the public about the administration’s efforts to combat the crisis.

    CrisisNextDoor.gov – This website is a story collection organized so that citizens can submit their stories to demonstrate the broad swaths of lives touched by the epidemic and thus reduce the stigma of the opioid crisis.

    Opioids.gov – The site outlines the core causes of this epidemic and the actions of the Trump administration related to overprescribing, stopping the flow of illicit opioids, and increasing access to treatment – all pillars of the president’s opioid plan. 

    Youth Voice Is Key to Spark Effective Change

    Last week, nearly 70 students from four states visited the U.S. Department of Education and inspired ED staff to help improve the education system in America so that it works for all students. These students came prepared to ask questions, curious to know what the federal government’s role is in education. Each group of students shared the uniqueness of their programs and the challenges they face in their schools. They exhibited determination, optimism, civic engagement and forward thinking. They let us know that their voices are the key to sparking effective change. Click here for more details.

    Nominate a Change Maker for Youth Engaged 4 Change

    Know a person, group, or organization working with young people for positive change? If you think they would like to be profiled on the Youth Engaged 4 Change website, please nominate them by submitting a nomination form here

    Santos Amaya Guevara Named Recipient of Samuel Halperin Lecture and Youth Public Service Award

    The American Youth Policy Forum (AYPF) and the Institute for Educational Leadership (IEL) hosted the fourth annual Samuel Halperin Lecture and Youth Public Service Award  in Washington, D.C. in March. The lecture and youth award serve as an ongoing tribute to their founder, Sam Halperin, who dedicated his life and career to improving youth education, and workforce and policy outcomes. The winner, Santos Amaya Guevera, appeared at the lecture to share her winning essay with education and youth policy leaders from the D.C. area and around the nation.

    Indiana Intergenerational Learning Program Profiled

    The AP profiled the “intergenerational learning program” at an Indiana assisted living facility, Jill’s House. Elderly residents, most of whom are affected by memory loss, spend 45 minutes each day with preschool children for socializing and learning activities. This model of combating social isolation has been used in Europe and Asia, and seen benefits to both seniors and young children. The results are greater learning and conditioning for children, and improved mental health and cognition for seniors. 

    Three Hawaii High School Teams Advance to FIRST Robotics World Championship

    Big Island (Hawaii) Now published the winners of this year’s FIRST Robotics Competition Hawai’i Regional, which was held on March 23 and 24. Several teams received “honors that rewarded design excellence, competitive play, sportsmanship and high impact partnerships between schools, businesses and communities.” Friends of Hawai’i Robotics announced that “Hilo High School’s robotics team, along with teams representing Waialua and McKinley High,” will now advance to the World Championships in Houston next month. The organization’s president and chairman, Lenny Klompus, said “With the sustained support of the Hawai’i robotics ‘ohana,” … the annual “robotics competition will continue to grow and inspire students to study math, science and engineering.”