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'This is way beyond collaborative': Young leaders see their feedback reflected in Biden's plans | CNN Politics

July 22, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.

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WASHINGTON, DC - JULY 21: U.S. President Joe Biden walks to Marine One on the South Lawn of the White House on July 21, 2021 in Washington, DC. Biden is traveling to the Cincinnati, Ohio area to visit a training center for the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers and for a town hall event with CNN. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

When Joe Biden campaigned for the presidency, he called himself a bridge to a new generation of leaders in the Democratic Party. While some frustrations remain, young leaders are saying the President Biden's administration is making good progress on Candidate Biden's pledge.

Advocates say that the youth-focused proposals in Biden’s “Build Back Better Plan,” which includes the administration’s infrastructure proposal, build directly on conversations that the administration has regularly held with young community leaders on how best to address the way young Americans have been affected by the Covid-19 pandemic.

For months, the Biden administration has held roundtables on a number of topics pertaining to young people including foster youth, higher education, mental health, gun violence prevention, voting rights and climate change, giving the administration the opportunity to hear directly from young Americans about the issues affecting them most.

According to a fact sheet released to CNN, Biden is calling for measures including subsidized education options at community colleges and schools for minority communities, more opportunities for young workers such as apprenticeships and pre-apprenticeships, free universal pre-kindergarten, subsidized child care based on family income and making permanent a more robust Child Tax Credit, funding to build or improve affordable housing rental units and homes and a re-vamped Civilian Climate Corps that would put young Americans to work conserving American nature.

We did a lot of meetings and put together a smaller coalition focused on jobs for young people,” Pham said, adding that he has since met with the Department of Labor in addition to the White House.

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