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Hidden Pain: Children Who Lost a Parent or Caregiver to COVID-19 and What the Nation Can Do to Help Them

Of the more than 760,000 Americans who have died from COVID-19 as of November 17, 2021, there are 167,000 children under 18 who have lost a parent or other in-home caregiver. 

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'Fireside Chats' with World Leaders | UVAToday

January 13, 2021: The January term course at the University of Virginia, President Biden's First Year, is learning to assess leadership with an 18-person bipartisan guest list, including UVA Law alumnus John Bridgeland. Read here

A call to action to help America's children | The Hill

December 24, 2021: John Bridgeland and Dan Treglia call on the public and private sectors to engage in a national strategy that helps the 167,000+ children that have lost their in-home caregiver to COVID-19. Read here.

COVID-bereaved children need our support | The Enquirer

December 13, 2021: John Bridgeland shares why COVID-bereaved children need our support, following COVID Collaborative's Hidden Pain report on the more than 167,000 children who lost a caregiver due to the pandemic—"COVID orphans." Read here

REPORT: Hidden Pain | COVID Collaborative

December 9, 2021: Today, COVID Collaborative launched the report Hidden Pain: Children Who Lost a Parent or Caregiver to COVID-19 and What the Nation Can Do to Help Them. Of the more than 760,000 Americans who have died from COVID-19 as of November 17, 2021, there are 167,000 children under 18 who have lost a parent or other in-home caregiver, with the greatest impact on communities of color and children 13 and younger who are the most dependent. 

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NYT ARTICLEChildren, Coping with Loss, are Pandemic's 'Forgotten Grievers' by Sheryl Gay Stolberg

You're Being Fed Lies | USA Today

December 9, 2021: "Just as young people should be taught coding, they must be taught the decoding of news and information as a prerequisite of informed citizenship," write John Bridgeland and Margaret Spellings, former Secretary of Education. Read more about the role of civic education in distilling fact from fiction. 

Can Vastly Bigger National Service Bring the Nation Back Together? | The New Yorker

November 19, 2021: "Recently, calls for expanding national service have risen sharply, in the hope that it can help address America’s growing political fragility and hostility." "National service is big citizenship—it’s not big government,” says John Bridgeland. Read here

High-Powered Effort to Help Resettle Afghan Refugees | Philanthropy

November 17, 2021: The Welcome Fund is supporting organizations that provide short-term and long-term housing for Afghan families. Read more about Welcome.Us here

Colin Powell left a legacy of hope for millions of children | The Enquirer

November 11, 2021: In an op-ed honoring General Colin Powell, John Bridgeland writes," The Powells saw the high school dropout crisis as a wedge that could move the five promises and a nation to benefit millions of kids." Read here

Private Sector Roundtable | Welcome.Us

October 26, 2021: "Secretary of State Antony Blinken, Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro N. Mayorkas, and White House Coordinator for Operation Allies Welcome Jack Markell led a roundtable with CEOs to discuss the role of the private sector in effectively welcoming and resettling our Afghan allies." Read the White House statement here

Big Moment for National Service | The Hill

October 13, 2021: Mary Ellen Sprenkel, CEO of The Corps Network, and John Bridgeland support a Civilian Climate Corps and the CORPS Act. "America, across all its divisions, could use the big idea of national service to foster a generation of diverse leaders who can work together to get things done," they write. Read here.

NEW REPORT: Building A Grad Nation 2021

October 6, 2021: The high school graduation rate was at an all-time high of 85.8% in 2019, the final school year unaffected by the upheavals of the COVID-19 pandemic. The convening partners of the GradNation campaign—America’s Promise Alliance, Alliance for Excellent Education, Civic, and the Everyone Graduates Center at Johns Hopkins University—highlight key learnings about high school graduation in our country from the newly released 2021 Building A Grad Nation report.

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