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Mark Shriver
Mark Kennedy Shriver is Senior Vice President for Strategic Initiatives at Save the Children. Previously, he served two four-year terms as a member of the Maryland House of Delegates and was Maryland's first-ever Chair of the Joint Committee on Children, Youth and Families. During his legislative service, he was repeatedly recognized as Outstanding Legislator of the Year by prominent advocacy and civic organizations. In 1988, Shriver founded the innovative Choice Program, a public/private partnership that serves delinquent and at-risk youth through intensive, community-based counseling and job training services. Shriver has been widely published in the national media, including The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Washington Times, and Newsweek, among others. He served as the Chairperson of the National Commission on Children and Disasters and as a member of the Federal Emergency Management Agency's National Advisory Council. Shriver received his undergraduate degree from The College of the Holy Cross in 1986 and a Master's degree in Public Administration from Harvard University in 1993.

Shriver is the son of Sargent and Eunice Kennedy Shriver. He and his wife, Jeanne Ripp Shriver, are the proud parents of Molly, Tommy and Emma. The family resides in Bethesda, Maryland.

Entries by Mark Shriver

Concentrate on Africa's Children

(4) Comments | Posted July 31, 2014 | 8:00 PM

President Obama is convening the first-ever U.S.-Africa Leaders' Summit with over 50 African leaders in Washington D.C. next week. The event will have a strong focus on Africa's long-term economic growth, under the theme of "Investing in the Next Generation."

To us, the next generation is, quite simply, Africa's children....

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Let's Use Evidence-Based Interventions to Save the Lives of Children and Mothers

(2) Comments | Posted June 25, 2014 | 1:30 PM

If 18,000 preschool kids and 800 moms were attending a World Cup game and they all died, no newspaper around the world would be silent. But that's exactly what happens every day around the world: 18,000 kids die before they reach the age of five and 800 moms die during...

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The Next Frontier in Rwanda

(0) Comments | Posted April 7, 2014 | 1:09 PM

I suspect that many Americans are just like me when it comes to our knowledge of Rwanda: what we know about the genocide that started 20 years ago today that resulted in more than one million people killed in 90 days and what we know about the country itself, we...

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JFK and Thanksgiving

(10) Comments | Posted November 22, 2013 | 3:41 PM

The last 10 days have been an emotional roller coaster, heightened by the fact that Thanksgiving is just six days away.

Today marks the 50th anniversary of President Kennedy's death, yet just 10 days ago, Jeanne and I were celebrating with my cousin Caroline Kennedy as she...

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America Can't Afford to Waitlist Its Children's Future

(26) Comments | Posted November 13, 2013 | 8:15 AM

Last spring, I met a mother from West Virginia named Susan Armstead who said something that stuck with me. "Only time will tell whether my children will be able to attend preschool," Susan said.

She explained that when her son turned 3, Susan registered him for preschool, completed all...

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Boom and Bust: Economic Recovery Falling Short for Kids

(3) Comments | Posted September 17, 2013 | 2:32 PM

How this economic recovery is going depends very much on who you talk to.

These are boom times for the wealthiest Americans, according to a recent study. But new figures out today show that our nation's poorest children -- the most vulnerable among us -- remain caught...

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How You Can Protect Children, Before Disaster Strikes

(3) Comments | Posted September 4, 2013 | 6:48 AM

It's back to school week for the Parker family in Newtown, Conn. But this year, they are taking only two daughters to school instead of three.

The loss of their 6-year-old daughter Emilie at Sandy Hook Elementary School last December is still raw for Robbie and Alissa. But they...

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Restoring a Sense of Normalcy for Kids in Moore

(0) Comments | Posted May 24, 2013 | 5:52 PM

My first impression arriving in Moore, Oklahoma this week was how complete and concentrated the destruction was. My second was how the families and children I saw in the community looked overwhelmed as they took it all in themselves.

But now the sense of immediate danger and shock is...

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Now Is the Time to Protect Our Kids

(9) Comments | Posted April 8, 2013 | 12:27 PM

Over the last decade, children in the United States have been subject to some of the deadliest school shootings in the nation's history. From Red Lake, Minn., to Virginia Tech, to the tragedy in Newtown, Conn., our communities lost too many young, innocent lives to violence. In addition, in low-income...

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President Obama's Commitment to America's Most Precious Resource -- Our Children

(1) Comments | Posted February 14, 2013 | 10:03 AM

Joint Statement from: Geoffrey Canada, Harlem Children's Zone; Bruce Lesley, First Focus; Ann O'Leary, The Center for the Next Generation; Michael Petit, Every Child Matters; Irwin Redlener, Children's Health Fund; Billy Shore, Share Our Strength; and Mark Shriver, Save the Children

Tuesday night President Obama took a strong stand for...

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Let's Do the Right Thing for Our Children

(47) Comments | Posted January 16, 2013 | 1:57 PM

"When it comes to protecting the most vulnerable among us, we must act now," said President Barack Obama this afternoon, as he signed 23 executive orders and urged Congress to act quickly to curb gun violence. Mark was at the White House event on behalf of

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Responding in Newtown

(2) Comments | Posted December 19, 2012 | 9:14 PM

This past weekend was tough for families across the country; for 26 families from Sandy Hook Elementary School, it was unimaginably devastating.

My wife, Jeanne, and I are having a hard time explaining the situation to our three young kids, including seven-year-old Emma. We try to stick to our routines...

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C- Is Just Not Good Enough for Our Kids

(149) Comments | Posted October 11, 2012 | 1:38 PM

A report card marked with too many C's and D's is not something to boast about. Unfortunately, those are just the kinds of grades America brought home yesterday, earning an overall C- in America's Report Card 2012: Children in the U.S., released by Save the Children and First Focus.

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It's Time to Do Something Grand: A Call to Action on Grandparents Day

(51) Comments | Posted September 13, 2012 | 10:07 AM

Most wars are declared by old men but fought by the young. But our war on poverty asks everyone to get into the fight. ~ Sargent Shriver, 1966

In 1964 President Lyndon Johnson appointed Sargent Shriver to serve as director of the War on Poverty. Both men understood this was...

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With Our Future on the Line, the Time to Invest in Kids Is Now

(96) Comments | Posted April 11, 2012 | 12:20 PM

Our nation's economic future is uncertain; we face increasingly aggressive global competition; lagging academic achievement is dragging down economic output; and almost two-thirds of Americans think our nation is on the wrong track.

We know the bad news all too well. The good news is...

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For Needy Kids, Spring Doesn't Bring Baseball Games and Vacations

(30) Comments | Posted March 30, 2012 | 9:01 AM

For many of us, the arrival of spring means a new baseball season, taking short-sleeve shirts out of storage, a spring break trip, and studying for final exams. And for Randy, of course, it means the American Idol finals.

Not all Americans see as much change in their lives when...

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A Rising Tide in Fight Against Childhood Poverty

(5) Comments | Posted February 29, 2012 | 1:45 PM

Earlier this month, The Huffington Post partnered with Save the Children's U.S. Programs for an amazing series of blog posts about the nearly 1 in 4 kids living in poverty in the United States today.

Artists like Julianne Moore, Jennifer Garner,

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Obama Shifts Forward as Education Gap Widens

(10) Comments | Posted February 13, 2012 | 10:09 AM

The New York Times on Friday led with a story about a new Stanford University study that found the education gap between kids from wealthier families and ones struggling with poverty widened to a giant chasm over the last generation.

Specifically, since 1940, the...

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Get Off Our Butts!

(14) Comments | Posted February 1, 2012 | 8:58 AM

This post is part of a series on childhood poverty in the United States in partnership with Save the Children and Julianne Moore.  Moore leads the organization's Valentine's Day campaign, through which cards are sold to support the fight against poverty in the U.S. To learn more or to purchase the...

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The Solution to Poverty: Kids Cleaning Toilets?

(1139) Comments | Posted December 2, 2011 | 5:33 PM

At a campaign stop in Iowa Thursday, former speaker Newt Gingrich, making an argument against century-old child labor laws, said: "Really poor children in really poor neighborhoods have no habits of working and have nobody around them who works ... [s]o they literally have no habit of...

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