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Toward a Brighter Future: An Essential Agenda for America’s Young People

Policy Paper
February 8, 2010
Eighteen percent of children in the U.S. are living in poverty, up from 17.4% in 2006—the highest percentage of child poverty since 1981. Eight million U.S. children are without health insurance. Although many young people in this country may be doing well, it’s clear too many are falling behind. While most would agree that “children are our greatest asset,” the federal government’s investment in children and youth is in decline. This policy paper by the National Collaboration for Youth offers a range of policy recommendations to improve outcomes and supports for children and youth.