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AZ Kids Get Their Say for “Step Up for Kids” Today

September 16, 2008

Phoenix, AZ – Through the eyes of a child, not enough is being said on the campaign trail about issues that affect kids and their families. That's the premise of "Step Up for Kids," a nationwide reminder for candidates to focus on what's important to children.

In Arizona today, young people will be talking about their challenges, and representatives from the campaigns of Senators John McCain and Barack Obama will be listening.

Amy Kobeta, vice president of the Children's Action Alliance in Phoenix, is coordinating the event. She says teenagers are especially worried about their futures right now, because of the poor economy.

"We're going to hear issues ranging from education to immigration, to how are they going to find a job? How are they going to go to college? The pressing issue, how to get a good job, connects to how to get a good education."

Kobeta says other topics include poverty, health care, child abuse and foster care. "Step Up for Kids" events are scheduled for 48 state capitols. The Arizona event takes place in Phoenix tonight, at the North High School Auditorium, 1101 E. Thomas Rd., from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Deborah Smith/Kevin Clay, Public News Service - AZ