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We've Been Busy Here at the White House

Friends,

We hope this message finds you well.

On Monday, the EPA unveiled a new proposal to set the first-ever national carbon pollution limits for America's existing power plants. Because of these proposed limits, in 2030, children will suffer 3,700 fewer cases of bronchitis each year, and an estimated 150,000 fewer asthma attacks.

And in honor of National Foster Care Month, Chair of the White House Council on Women and Girls Valerie Jarrett met with California Congresswoman Karen Bass, more than 60 former foster youth, and the cast and creators of Disney's "The Fosters" at the White Housefor a discussion on how we can improve the outcomes of foster youth in the system and those who are transitioning out of it.

President Obama also hosted a Healthy Kids and Safe Sports Concussion Summit to address the growing risk of concussions in youth, and what can be done to increase safety for children who participate in athletics.

And in case you missed it, the President continued his push to engage our nation's young women in STEM fields. One group of coders showed off an app they built to help a visually impaired classmate. Read more about the Science Fair here, and be sure to follow the hashtag #GirlsInSTEM on Twitter.

Finally, the White House Council on Women and Girls is a proud leader in the White House Summit on Working Families, coming up on June 23. Please mark your calendar to join the conversation, and stay in the loop.

Visit us on the web at WhiteHouse.gov/Women, and follow @vj44 for updates on all this and more.

Thank you so much for all that you do!

White House Council on Women and Girls

Reducing Carbon Pollution

On Monday, as a part of the President's Climate Action Plan, the EPA proposed the first-ever carbon pollution guidelines for America's existing power plants. The United States already regulates pollution like sulfur, arsenic, mercury, and lead, but we let power plants release as much carbon pollution as they want to.

The proposed limits will prevent as many as 150,000 asthma attacks in kids each year, and will also help combat the impacts of climate change.

Click here to learn more about the EPA's Clean Power Plan.

Watch President Obama address the need to reduce carbon pollution in his Weekly Address.

President Barack Obama, with Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy

President Barack Obama, with Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy, center, talks with EPA staff members who worked on the power-plant emissions standards, in the Rose Garden of the White House, June 2, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

Empowering Foster Youth

In honor of National Foster Care Month, Valerie Jarrett, Chair of the White House Council on Women and Girls, welcomed California Congresswoman Karen Bass, over 60 former foster youth, and the cast members and creators of Disney's "The Fosters" to the White House. At the event, attendees discussed ways to better ensure the health, safety, and economic empowerment of foster youth, both while in foster care and when transitioning out of the system.

Read more about the discussion here.

Valerie Jarrett speaks on foster care

Senior Advisor Valerie Jarrett addresses Rep. Karen Bass (D-CA) and her "Shadow Day” participants in the South Court Auditorium in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building, May 29, 2014. Rep. Bass' program brings former foster youth to Washington, D.C. to shadow their Member of Congress. (Official White House Photo by Chuck Kennedy)

Safety in Sports 

Kids and young adults make nearly 250,000 emergency room visits each year as a result of brain injuries from sports and recreation. And that doesn't include visits that young people made to their family doctor, or those who don't seek any help.

To combat this alarming trend, President Obama hosted the Healthy Kids and Safe Sports Concussion Summit at the White House last week. In his remarks at the event, the President highlighted new research efforts focusing on brain injuries, as well as commitments by key stakeholders to expand our knowledge of concussions and give parents, coaches, clinicians, and young athletes the tools to prevent, identify, and respond to concussions.

Learn more about the Summit here.

President Barack Obama, with introducer Tori Bellucci, delivers opening remarks at the White House Healthy Kids & Safe Sports Concussion Summit

President Barack Obama, with introducer Tori Bellucci, delivers opening remarks at the White House Healthy Kids & Safe Sports Concussion Summit in the East Room of the White House, May 29, 2014. Belluci suffered multiple concussions as a youth and high school athlete. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

Girls Rule in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM)

Last week, President Obama hosted the fourth-ever White House Science Fair, which featured innovative projects, designs, and experiments from students all across America. In his remarks, the President also elaborated on the theme of this year's Science Fair -- girls in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM).

"We're putting a special focus on all the inspiring girls and young women who are excelling in science," he said, and noted that "fewer than 3 in 10 workers in science and engineering are women ... we've got to change those numbers."

Read more about the 2014 Science Fair here.

To learn more about how the Fair focused on women and girls in STEM, read the Office of Science and Technology Policy's blog post "Girls Rule at 2014 White House Science Fair."

President Barack Obama talks with Brownies from Girl Scout Troop 2612 from Tulsa

President Barack Obama talks with Brownies from Girl Scout Troop 2612 from Tulsa, Okla., during the 2014 White House Science Fair in the Blue Room of the White House, May 27, 2014. The fair celebrates the student winners of a broad range of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) competitions from across the country. The girls invented the "Flood Proof Bridge." (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

The White House Summit on Working Families

On June 23, 2014, the White House Council on Women and Girls, the Department of Labor (DOL), and the Center for American Progress (CAP) will host a Summit on Working Familiesto focus on creating a 21st century workplace that works for all Americans.

Workplaces that make full use of the talented pool of American workers are essential -- to a thriving and healthy economy, to enable businesses to stay competitive in today's global economy, and to help all workers ensure the economic stability of their families. Too many working Americans -- both women and men -- are living paycheck to paycheck, struggling to make ends meet and respond to the competing demands of work and family.

Please explore the following links to learn more about how you can get involved:

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