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As you might expect, here at Next Generation we spend a lot of time talking and writing about the next generation of Americans – what they need to thrive and how to make the best world for them to do it in. This week, however, we featured a blog post by a member of that new generation, C. J. Mayer, a high school student from New York City and our summer intern. In the post, not bashfully titled, “A movement is coming,” C. J. explains how he and his friends, all of whom witnessed the devastation of Hurricane Sandy, feel about climate change, and what they expect the future will hold. Spoiler alert: these young people are informed and motivated, and I for one am excited to see what they have in store.

I’m also excited about what the rest of our team has accomplished. Sarah Crow, Associate Director of our Children and Families program, just celebrated her one-year anniversary at Next Generation with a blog post looking back on all that the Children and Families team has accomplished in just a few months. From home visiting research to Paid Sick Days Legislation to the Too Small to Fail initiative, it’s an impressive list, and I encourage you to check it out.

On the topic of Too Small to Fail, I was especially heartened by one story this week, on a new National Institutes of Health study revealing a link between early language skills and behavior in young kids. Vocabulary development has long been a central focus for Too Small – especially its link with social and emotional skills – and it’s great to see the issue finding more attention and research. Every new piece of research moves us a little closer to solutions – just like every newly impassioned young person moves us closer to a brighter future for us all.

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