Ask the Presidential Candidates: What's Your Vision for Children?

Now more than ever, as youth across the country continue to face the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic and grapple with the consequences of generational racial injustice, it is critical that children and young people play a central role in restoring our communities in a more equitable, just and sustainable way. Youth are 25% of our country, but 100% of our future.

When policymakers pursue a more equitable world for every child, and listen to the voices of children and young people, they make better decisions for our communities and our country.

Join us in asking the 2020 presidential candidates to present their vision for children in the United States, involve children and young people in the policymaking process, and if elected, to create a White House Office on Children. These measures would give children and young people a role in decision-making processes on the issues with lasting impact on their generation.

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Vote #ForEveryChild

UNICEF USA calls on all supporters to vote #ForEveryChild by taking children’s needs, priorities, and rights into account when casting your ballot in November.

To ease the process and help you make an informed decision on election day, we have created a Civic Action Center. By filling out the form below, or at act.unicefusa.org/vote, you can check if you are registered to vote, register yourself, apply to vote early or by mail, learn about the candidates on your ballot, and find your nearest polling location.

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National Youth Poll

As part of this effort, we wanted to learn whether young people in the United States feel represented and included in national discussions on issues that affect their lives.

Through a nationally representative survey of 1,011 children, ages 8-17, conducted online by The Harris Poll, we learned: 

  • Most children (70%) want to be included in the political process but only one third of them currently feel included, with boys more likely to feel included than girls.
  • Roughly four out of five children (81%) say kids could help make America better if politicians worked more closely with children and young people.
  • Only about two in five children (43%) think that presidential candidates listen to what people their age have to say on issues of importance to them.
  • Only one third of children (33%) think the media takes kids’ thoughts and opinions into consideration and thinks about issues that affect kids when writing/reporting stories.

When asked “what are you worried about in your life?” kids said “gun violence or other types of violence against children” (46%) followed by “mistreatment/bullying” (45%) and “things that can hurt the environment” (36%) along with “not having enough money” (36%).

Kids also identified the issues they thought should be top priorities for the next President of the United States. At the top was “keeping children safe from guns and other ways people might try to hurt children” (60%), “not tolerating bullying” (57%), and “making sure kids are able to get the care they need when they are sick” (56%).

Click here for a full summary of our poll!

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