Tonight's special guest is Mike Tikkanen from Hopkins, Minnesota, a returning NAASCA family member, founder and President of KARA (Kids at Risk Action), a non-profit action tank that supports the people, policies, and programs that improve the lives of at-risk children. Mike is unapologetically and passionately committed to improving the lives of at risk children. We recommend his book: 'Invisible Children: Pre-Teen Mothers, Adolescent Felons, and What We Can Do About It'. It's an uncomfortably close look at the American cycle of abuse and its cost. Mike explains, "The need for civic involvement of young future community leaders is the solution to America's 'At Risk Youth' problem. Without today's college students understanding and support, schools will continue to fail, streets to be unsafe, and jails to fill." Mike addresses social and political child protection problems. He speaks at local and national venues and has been the keynote speaker at business, community, and religious organizations. He lead a workshop at the UN in New York addressing the rights of children. Since 1996, he's volunteered in the Guardian Ad-Litem program as a Court-Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) and has worked with many 'Invisible Children' who are part of the County Child Protection System. Mike is passionate about improving the treatment of abused and neglected children and has formed the non-profit "Kid's At Risk Action" (KARA) to bring public awareness to children's rights and form action groups to improve public policy towards at-risk children. Contact him at: Mike@Invisiblechildren.org
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