Blog Posts Related to the Young Americans

  • Join a Twitter Q&A on College Affordability

    The most important investment you can make in your future is to pursue a higher education, and yet, it's never been more expensive.

    Yesterday, President Obama took new steps to make it easier for students to manage college loan debt and introduced the Student Aid Bill of Rights, which outlines a set of principles that will guide the Administration in its efforts to make paying for higher education an easier and fairer experience for millions of Americans.

  • eSports Athletes Want You to Get Covered

    A new video out today features prominent eSports personalities encouraging Americans to sign up for an affordable health plan at before the enrollment deadline on February 15.

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    Don’t know what eSports is? You should. Electronic sports — or eSports — refers to the genre of video game titles that have gained popularity as a spectator sport around the world.

    Over the last decade, eSports players, commentators, tournaments, and online streaming services have gained a following that rivals many traditional sports, including more than 31 million eSports fans in the United States alone.

    Today, a group of eSports industry leaders (ESL,, and GEER) have collaborated to launch an effort encouraging gaming audiences to visit and sign up for an affordable health plan before the February 15 deadline.

  • Email: "Still Want to Enter?"

    Earlier today, Video Director Adam Garber sent the following message to the White House email list earlier today, noting that the deadline for White House Student Film Festival submissions is February 2. If you're a student filmmaker and you want to submit a video -- or you know someone else who fits that description -- visit our Student Film Festival page here!

    Didn't get the email? Sign up for updates here.

    Are you a student filmmaker with big ideas about the importance of service and giving back? Do you know a young person who is?

    Then we're glad you're reading this, because we're only accepting submissions for the White House Student Film Festival for one more week.

  • The President Proposes to Make Community College Free for Responsible Students for 2 Years

    President Obama delivers remarks on college affordability at Pellissippi State Community College

    President Barack Obama, with Vice President Joe Biden and Dr. Jill Biden, delivers remarks on college affordability at Pellissippi State Community College in Knoxville, Tenn., Jan. 9, 2015. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

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    Today, the President unveiled a new proposal: Make two years of community college free for responsible students across America.

    In our growing global economy, Americans need to have more knowledge and more skills to compete -- by 2020, an estimated 35 percent of job openings will require at least a bachelor's degree, and 30 percent will require some college or an associate's degree. Students should be able to get the knowledge and the skills they need without taking on decades' worth of student debt.

  • First Lady Michelle Obama Celebrates the Holidays with the Children's National Medical Center

    First Lady Michelle Obama reads '' 'Twas the Night Before Christmas" at the Children's National Medical Center in Washington, D.C., Dec. 15, 2014

    First Lady Michelle Obama reads '' 'Twas the Night Before Christmas" during a Christmas holiday program at the Children's National Medical Center in Washington, D.C., Dec. 15, 2014. The First Lady is seated with Elves Aaron Irby (age 9), and Kyra DeStefano (age 10), right, and Obama family pets, Bo and Sunny. (Official White House Photo by Chuck Kennedy)

    First Lady Michelle Obama visited the patients at the Children’s National Medical Center today in Washington, D.C., continuing a tradition dating back more than 60 years to First Lady Bess Truman. First Dogs Bo and Sunny joined Mrs. Obama to help spread holiday cheer to the kids and their families.

    After meeting with patients and doctors in the surgical care unit and with the infectious disease team, the First Lady sat down with Santa Claus to read 'Twas the Night Before Christmas to a group of children gathered in the hospital's atrium.

    CHILD: I knew it was Santa!

    MRS. OBAMA: You knew it was Santa! It’s a Christmas story, who else would it be?