10
Jun
09

Children Uniting Nations, Russell Simmons and Mos Def Visit Nation’s Capitol to Promote Student Mentoring and Change for Child Welfare


(press release)

hildren Uniting Nations (CUN), one of the premier non-profit organizations working with at-risk and foster youth in partnership with Russell Simmons’ “Hip Hop Summit Action Network” announces celebrities and legislators lending their voice the children in need at the 4th Annual “Keeping the Promise to our Children” conference in Washington DC. Set for June 9th. Celebrities including Terrance Howard, David Archuleta, Gabrielle Union,Kristen Bell, Vivica Fox, Mos Def,and many more, will join key legislators in a morning press conference held at the House Capitol Building with panel discussions following in the famous Woodrow Wilson Plaza located in the Ronald Reagan Building and an evening gala at the State Department. The press conference will be presided over by Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi.

This years panel discussions include key youth issues such as, “Student Loan Forgiveness in Exchange for Academic Mentoring of Foster Children,” “Physical Health, Nutrition and Obesity in Youth,” “Drugs & Drug Trafficking,” “Mental Heath and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder,” ” Impact of AIDS and HIV on African American Community,” and “The Impact of Economic Decline on the Future of Our Children.”

In the year since the last conference, Children Uniting Nations has seen significant legislative achievements in support of mentoring for at-risk children.

Children Uniting Nations Chairwoman Daphna Ziman remarked, “We are proud to have such amazing legislative support and incredible talent attending this years conference along with top university researchers and foundations assembled together in the effort of helping us raise awareness to the needs of our nations at risk youth and assist us in lending a voice to the voiceless children.” Russell Simmons, Chairman and Co-Founder of the Hip-Hop Summit Action Network, emphasized, “Children Uniting Nations is one of the most effective organizations of our time and our partnership will help to raise public awareness about the key public policy issues that are focused on empowering children to have a better quality of life.

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