May 2nd, the President and First Lady hosted the first-ever White House
Conference on Teenagers. The conference included parents, teens, policy
makers and other experts who discussed the importance of the teenage years in
the social and intellectual development of children. Like the White House
Conference on Early Learning and Childhood Development in 1997, this
gathering underscored some of the common misconceptions that parents have about
a specific phase of a child's development -- the teen years -- while offering
strategies for raising responsible and resourceful youth. Conference
participants highlighted ways in which parents, schools, businesses, the media
and others in the larger community can support children during this critical
stage of life.
To build on existing resources, the President and First Lady
announced several new steps the Administration is taking to better understand
the teenage years and provide the support that America's teens need.