WASHINGTON – Bipartisan legislation to eliminate obstacles that deny federal assistance to nearly one million homeless children was introduced July 24, according to The First Focus Campaign for Children, a children’s advocacy organization.
Wei Wen Balter was a new kid in town when he first set foot in the teen center in Ann Arbor, Mich., known as the Neutral Zone. Some acquaintances had told him about a program at the center that advocated for gay, lesbian and gender-questioning youth.
He had no idea that two years later he’d be a member of organization’s board of directors.
The 17-year-old senior at Skyline High School is now one of 13 teenagers on the 29-person board tasked with governing the center. He reviews financial information and helps make decisions about the operation, among other things.
“It’s a really cool perspective to sit on the board with all of the really experienced and smart adults,” said another teenage board member, Isaac Scobei-Thal, 16...
ATLANTA — Baseball scouts and coaches, please hide your radar guns that track the speed of pitches thrown. If you can’t hide them behind the backstop, put a fake mustache on them, a beard, a wig, something, anything. Treat that radar gun as if it is in a Witness Protection program. Make it invisible.
When kids who are baseball pitchers see a radar gun, which measures speed of pitches by miles per hour, they think they are in a carnival tent, not on the pitcher’s mound. Their minds rev up, and so does their adrenaline. They take their arm and wheel it around in a big circle to stretch it and make it loose, as if they are unlocking the power of Hercules. They are hunting a college scholarship because the hardest throwing pitchers get noticed.
The kid throws with all his might.
The report provides a glimpse over a 25-year span — this year marks the foundation’s 25th consecutive year of measuring the well-being of children.