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Building a stronger America by ensuring that children become productive adults

Rear Admiral Bob Besal with Speaker Paul Ryan
Mission: Readiness member Rear Admiral Bob Besal, U.S. Navy (Retired), shares his perspective on military recruitment challenges with then-House Speaker Paul Ryan.

Council for a Strong America is a national, bipartisan nonprofit that unites five organizations comprised of law enforcement leaders, retired admirals and generals, business executives, pastors, and prominent coaches and athletes who promote solutions that ensure our next generation of Americans will be prepared for productive lives.

READ OUR 2017 ANNUAL REPORT

The key to our success? More than 9,000 members with deep roots in every state who promote evidence-based policies that strengthen our country. In 2017 we achieved this by encouraging lawmakers to:

STRENGTHEN FAMILIES

A range of factors, from rising poverty rates, to health care challenges, to inadequate access to quality child care, put families and children at risk. Fortunately, state and federal policymakers listened and acted on behalf of Council for a Strong America members to support parent coaching for at-risk families, protect children’s health insurance, and support child and dependent care tax credits for working families in 2017.

IMPROVE ACADEMIC ACHIEVEMENT

Despite decades of education reform, millions of students are still dropping out of or graduating from high school without the skills required for postsecondary education and the workforce. CSA members worked to change that in 2017 by promoting policies that have a proven impact on academic achievement. Promoting quality early education, higher education standards, equitable school funding, and effective school discipline, our members championed policies to improve educational outcomes for students nationwide.

PROMOTE A HEALTHY ECONOMY

Employers nationwide are struggling to find young adults with the skills and knowledge to succeed in today’s technology-driven global marketplace. CSA members are responding to their needs by promoting career and technical education programs that close this skills gap, and business-education partnerships that put young people on track for the jobs that drive our economy forward.

PROTECT PUBLIC SAFETY AND NATIONAL SECURITY

Right now, more than 70 percent of the nation’s young adults cannot qualify for military service because they’re academically unprepared, are too overweight, or have a record of crime or drug abuse. Mission: Readiness members are working in collaboration with those of all CSA organizations to change this by encouraging schools to prioritize physical activity and nutrition, and championing the pre-K-12 education reforms that prepare young adults for productive careers, including the military for those who choose that path. They often work alongside Fight Crime: Invest in Kids members who promote policies that improve success in school and steer young people away from the criminal justice system.

READ OUR 2017 ANNUAL REPORT