UNITED NATIONS (AP) _ Forest Whitaker is looking to help kids who are taking part in war — instead of doing things like being in school. The Oscar-winning actor is urging world lawmakers to speak out to help former child soldiers in various parts of the world like Uganda, South Sudan and Myammar. Whitaker is also asking for help to get young people out of gangs in the U-S and Mexico — and address the plight of orphans in Syria and elsewhere. Whitaker is an envoy for the U-N Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization. He says many young people around the world feel no one listens to them — and believe their only option is to resort to violence and extremism.