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United Way and Team NFL Go to Capitol Hill

In celebration of United Way Day of Action, 19 NFL players, United Way professionals and high-achieving youth from challenged high schools flocked to Capitol Hill on Thursday, June 21. The NFL players, students and United Way staff gathered on the steps of the Capitol for an historic photo and to participate in “The Big Tweet,” a social media campaign encouraging individuals to share how they are making a difference in their community. Each of the NFL players met with their U.S. Senators and congress member from the U.S. House of Representatives. They shared about the importance of mentors in the life of a child and asked their Member of Congress to join United Way’s initiative to recruit one million readers, tutors and mentors for young people. These players have pledged to find 3,000 volunteers who will help cut the dropout rate in half by 2018.

Moving America’s Children Into the Spotlight

As Election Day 2012 approaches, United Way is partnering with several national children’s organizations, including Voices for America’s Future (Voices), the Children’s Leadership Council, SparkAction and the National Collaboration for Youth, to ensure that children, youth and families are not forgotten during Town Halls, debates and especially in the voting booth.

Celebrating American Education Week

American Education Week (Nov. 13-19), is an opportunity for us to honor those individuals that work everyday to make a difference for children in local communities across the nation.