13-year-old Chicagoan Malik Bryant will be in the house chambers when the president delivers his speech.
The Englewood native wrote a letter to Santa in December, asking for safety for his family instead of gifts.
The letter made its way to the White House, prompting a reply from the president.
First Lady Michelle Obama invited Malik to Washington for Tuesday night’s address.
“I live in a bad neighborhood, a lot of killing, a lot of violence. I just wanted to change that, let him know,” Bryant told WGN-TV from Washington Tuesday.
“We need a change in Chicago. We need it to be safer for little kids, everybody,” Bryant said.