Children Uniting Nations (CUN), one of the premier non-profit organizations working with at-risk and foster youth, kicked off its 7th Annual National Conference, “Keeping the Promise to Our Children,” in Washington, DC. Legislators, celebrities and industry experts came together to draw attention to three key pieces of legislation including Bullying, Keeping Sports Programs in Schools and Mentoring Foster Youth.
“Days of Our Lives” actor Freddie Smith, was just one of the celebrities to lend their name for such a worthy cause. The actor was there to address bullying and the importance of keeping physical education programs in our schools.
Representative Nancy Pelosi co-chaired the conference along with Senator Mary Landrieu, and legislators in support included Congresswoman Karen Bass, Congressman Adam Schiff, Congresswoman Linda Sanchez , Congresswoman Judy Chu , Congressman Ed Markey, Congressman Xavier Becerra, Congressman Henry Waxman, and Congresswoman Maxine Waters.
Joining Freddie at the event were Brooke Anderson of CBS’s The Insider, actress Nikki Blonsky and Danielle Staub, from Real Housewives who each shared their personal experiences as victims pf bullying. In addition to showing his support to all three initiatives, Colby O’Donis performed his Grammy-winning songs and Nikki Blonsky sang her hit “Good Morning Baltimore” from her starring role in the film “Hairspray.”
Conference legislation included:
1:The “National State” of Physical Education in America’s Public Schools (FIT Kids Act H.R. 1057 and S. 576) Fitness Integrated with Teaching Kids Act or FIT Kids Act – Amends the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (ESEA) to require annual state and local educational agency report cards to include specified information on school health and physical education programs
2. Bullying in America (H.R. 1648): To amend the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 to address and take action to prevent bullying and harassment of students.
3. Foster Care Mentoring Act of 2011 (S. 420)
The conference is hosted by Children Uniting Nations (CUN), a 501(C)(3) not for profit organization dedicated to the well-being of at-risk and foster youth, in collaboration with DLA Piper US LLP, Casey Family Programs, The Adoption Coalition and the California Endowment. The deans of social work and education from a number of America’s prominent research universities will attend and participate as panelists.
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