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  • Watch Live: Summit of the Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders

    Today, President Obama kicks off a three-day Summit of the Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders, the flagship program of the President’s Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI). The Washington Fellowship gives 500 of sub-Saharan Africa’s most prominent young leaders the opportunity to engage with U.S. government officials, entrepreneurs and civil society representatives, as well as leaders in international development.

    Watch President Obama's town hall -- and tune in for events throughout the week with First Lady Michelle Obama, USAID Administrator Rajiv Shah, and more.

  • White House Youth Summit: Making Sure People Have the Information They Need to #GetCovered

    This afternoon, youth leaders from across the country gathered here for our White House Youth Summit. The Summit was made of up 160 of this country's finest national and local leaders aged 18-35.  Joined by White House and Administration staff, these millennial participants discussed issues important to their generation -- especially spreading the word about the Affordable Care Act and organizing to get people enrolled in their respective communities. They also participated in a series of panels and breakout workshops with administration officials, stakeholder groups, and advocates. 

    To kick off the event, a very special guest dropped by to speak to the Youth Summit: President Obama -- who let young Americans know he needed their help.

    President Barack Obama delivers remarks at the White House Youth Summit on the Affordable Care Act (ACA) in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building South Court Auditorium, Dec. 4, 2013. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

    President Barack Obama delivers remarks at the White House Youth Summit on the Affordable Care Act (ACA) in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building South Court Auditorium, Dec. 4, 2013. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

    So I'm going to need you all to spread the word about how the Affordable Care Act really works, what its benefits are, what its protections are and, most importantly, how people can sign up. I know people call this law Obamacare. And that's okay -- because I do care. I care about you. I care about families. I care about Americans.

    But no matter how much I care, the truth is, is that for your friends and your family, the most important source of information is not going to be me, it's going to be you.  They are going to trust you.  If you're taking them on a website, walking them through it saying, look at the price you're able to get, look at the benefits you're able to get.  That's what's going to be making a difference. 

  • Calling All Young Americans: We Want to Hear from You!

    Throughout President Obama's career, he has been fighting for young people. Whether it is increasing access to higher education, or expanding health care coverage, giving young people a fair shot has been and always will be a priority.

    The President also believes in reaching out to youth across the country to make sure we’re hearing what they have to say, and helping them better understand the policies and programs that impact them. That’s why, on Wednesday, December 4th, we’re hosting over 150 leaders from across the country at the White House for a Youth Summit. The Summit will offer young people coming to the White House and across the country a chance to discuss the Affordable Care Act and others issues important to them.

    WH Youth Social

    Even if you can't be at the Summit in person, we still want to hear from you! 

    On Monday, December 2nd at 8:00 p.m. ET, join White House Senior Commnications Advisor Tara McGuinness, Kal Penn, and Young Invincibles for a Google+ Hangout. During this live video chat, we'll announce the winners of the "Healthy Young America Video Contest," preview the upcoming Youth Summit, and take questions about the Affordable Care Act and what It means for young Americans.  

    You can watch the Hangout live on the White House Google+ page.  Have a comments or questions? Ask them using the  hashtag #WHYouth on Twitter and on Google+ and we'll answer some of them during the live Hangout.

    Additionally, on December 4th, you can watch the Summit live starting at 2:00 pm ET on Throughout the day White House staff, HHS officials, and other special guests will be taking questions submitted on twitter using the hashtag #WHYouthSummit. 

    Kyle Lierman serves Youth Liaison in the White House Office of Public Engagement.

  • West Wing Week 9/20/13 or, "Every Moment of Every Day"

    This week, the President responded to the shootings at the Navy Yard in DC, invited small business owners to the White House as he spoke on the 5 year anniversary of the financial crisis, addressed  the Business Roundtable and the Export Council, sat down for interviews with ABC & Telemundo, welcomed the Amir of Kuwait, newly appointed Foreign Ambassadors, and Youth of the Year winners, and the First Lady spoke on marketing healthier food to children.

  • Marking Suicide Prevention Month

    In recognition of Suicide Prevention Month, First Lady Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden have contributed to the Huffington Post “Invisible Casualties” series -- a special series that shines the spotlight on military suicides and prevention.

    Joining Forces is committed to enhancing the well-being and psychological health of our military service members, families, and veterans. Thus far, Joining Forces has engaged mental health professional associations to train thousands of health care providers to recognize the unseen wounds of war, promote research, and build public awareness of military wellness issues.

    Joining Forces wants every military service member, veteran, and family to know that asking for help is not a sign a weakness and they do not have to face these challenges alone.  As Americans, it is our duty to take care of those who have sacrificed so much for our country.

    “Whether you’re a friend, a neighbor, or a family member, you can help support these heroes by encouraging them and their families to seek help if they need it,” explained Dr. Biden.

    If you or someone you know is seeking assistance, The Military Crisis Line is there to help. For support, call 1-800-273-8255 (Press 1), text 838255 or chat online at This service is free, confidential, and available 24/7 to all military service members, veterans, family members, and friends.

    Colonel Rich Morales is Executive Director of Joining Forces