Getting inauguration celebrations started earlier this year are a group of youth activists from around the country who are part of the National Children’s Campaign (NCC). On January 17, 3 pm EST, the NCC is hosting the National Children’s Inauguration (NCI), a non-partisan event supported by the Biden Inaugural Committee.
The impetus behind the event is to highlight issues that impact America’s 74 million children.
“The NCC wants to make one of the most vulnerable populations a priority: children,” Noelle Dutch, NCI Committee co-chair tells Parentology. “As a new administration comes into office, we feel it’s the perfect time to center kids in policy discussions.”
Geared towards children and families, the NCI aims to empower upcoming generations to get involved in civic engagement. “This event will uplift the voice of kids to the highest level of government, ensuring their futures are prioritized,” Dutch, a 19-year-old freshman at Binghamton University says.
The 90-minute presentation, co-hosted by NCI members Rani Chor, 16, from Los Angeles and Madison Pina, a 19-year-old sophomore at Howard University, will feature messages from myriad guests.
“The National Children’s Inauguration won’t be a policy-heavy forum, but a positive and important celebration to turn the page with the new administration,” NCI Committee member Bryan Santiago, a 16-year-old from Mount Vernon, New York says. “Viewers will hear amazing and inspiring voices speaking to issues that impact youth, bringing those issues to the forefront as the new administration takes office.”
Joining the celebration are familiar faces from the silver screen to the Capitol. Among them: Alyssa Milano, Supernanny Jo Frost, Congressman Jamaal Bowman, Chinguun Sergelen from Nickelodeon’s All That, Devin Del Palacio, the National School Board Association’s Chair of the National Black Council of School Board Members and Mykal-Michelle Harris from the ABC series Mixed-Ish.
“We have representatives from the ACLU speaking about the school-to-prison pipeline, activist Fred Guttenberg talking about gun violence, and Senator Ed Markey will address the Green New Deal and climate change,” Santiago says. “We’ll also address youth civic engagement, mental health, education, and many other issues important to our generation.”
Bringing their production skills to the program are Young Entertainment Activists and Creators for Justice.
The program promises to raise awareness and inspiration as the nation moves towards President Joe Biden’s and Vice President Kamala Harris’ January 20 inauguration.
Registration for the National Children’s Campaign inauguration event can be done via Eventbrite or Facebook. To learn more about the NCI, or to get involved with NCC, visit www.nationalchildrenscampaign.org for further information.