The mission of BE BEST is to focus on some of the major issues facing children today, with the goal of encouraging children to BE BEST in their individual paths, while also teaching them the importance of social, emotional, and physical health. BE BEST will concentrate on three main pillars: well-being, social media use, and opioid abuse.

BE BEST will champion the many successful well-being programs that provide children with the tools and skills required for emotional, social, and physical health.  The campaign will also promote established organizations, programs, and people who are helping children overcome some of the issues they face growing up in the modern world.



BE BEST IN AFRICA

First Lady Melania Trump began her trip to Africa in Ghana where she toured Ridge Hospital, paid respects at the Cape Coast Castle, and more. Read about her visit to Accra and Cape Coast, Ghana.

Continuing on to Lilongwe, Malawi—known as the “warm heart of Africa”—Mrs. Trump visited Chipala Primary School and spoke with First Lady Mutharika on empowering children through education. Learn more about the First Lady’s visit to Lilongwe, Malawi.

In Nairobi, Kenya, the First Lady fed baby elephants at the Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage, toured Nairobi National Park, visited with infants and children at Nest Children’s Home, and much more. Read more about her time in Kenya.  

While in Cairo, Mrs. Trump visited a few of Egypt’s many cultural sites including the Sphinx, and the Great Pyramid – one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World.  She also received a briefing about USAID’s Water Table Reduction Project at the base of the Sphinx. For more details on her time in Egypt, click here. 

 



THREE PILLARS

OF BE BEST

WELL-BEING

By promoting values such as healthy living, encouragement, kindness, and respect, parents, teachers, and other adults can help prepare children for their futures. With those values as a solid foundation, children will be able to better deal with the evils of the opioid crisis and avoid negative social media interaction.



SOCIAL MEDIA

When children learn positive online behaviors early-on, social media can be used in productive ways and can effect positive change. Mrs. Trump believes that children should be both seen and heard, and it is our responsibility as adults to educate and reinforce to them that when they are using their voices—whether verbally or online—they must choose their words wisely and speak with respect and compassion.



OPIOID ABUSE

Opioid dependence, addiction, and abuse are an epidemic in this country. BE BEST will support the families and children affected by this crisis, bring attention to neonatal abstinence syndrome, and help educate parents on the importance of healthy pregnancies.



To learn more about BE BEST, follow along with First Lady Melania Trump on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Please send questions and comments to BeBest@who.eop.gov.

Parents, click here to read “Talking with Kids about Being Online,” a Federal Trade Commission booklet, promoted by First Lady Melania Trump.