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U-M to host simulcast of White House conference

U-M has been selected as the Michigan host for the White House Conference on Helping America's Youth Oct. 27.

Part of First Lady Laura Bush's effort to address pressing issues facing young Americans at risk in many communities, the conference will originate live from Howard University in Washington, D.C., and will be simulcast on campus in the Palmer Commons Auditorium.

The simulcast, which is free and open to the public, will begin at 9:25 a.m. and conclude at 5 p.m. A schedule of speakers and presenters can be viewed at:

The conference will promote public awareness of problems facing at-risk youth in the United States, and will bring together policymakers, research experts, foundations and volunteer organizations, as well as educators, coaches and parents to share examples of what is working to make a difference in the lives of young Americans, and to generate new ideas that can be used across the country.

The program will feature a series of seven sessions, including: Challenges Facing Our Youth; What We Know Works—Principles of Successful Programs; Community Guide to Helping America's Youth; Connecting with Family; Connecting with School; Connecting with Community Nationally; and Connecting with Community Locally.

Officials say children are less likely to engage in risky behaviors when they are connected to parents, family, school, community and faith. Risky behaviors, including illegal drug and tobacco use, violence, and early sexual activity, are among the top causes of disease and early death among youth.

The "Community Guide to Helping America's Youth: An Assessment Tool for Youth Outreach"—a publication designed to help communities identify challenges they face and steps they can take to improve the lives of youth—will be available at the conference.

Contributors include: the U.S. departments of Health and Human Services, Education, Justice, Labor, Housing and Urban Development, Agriculture, Interior, the Office of National Drug Control Policy, and the Corporation for National and Community Service.

The U-M Office of the President is sponsoring the University simulcast. For more information, call (734) 615-6275.

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