Public Policy

FY 2011 Appropriations Priorities

The National Collaboration for Youth, a coalition of the nation’s leading youth service organizations, has identified the following Appropriations Priorities for Fiscal Year 2010.  Each priority is summarized below.  Each heading is a link to view the one-page statement and rationale for the request.  A chart, prepared by the National Collaboration for Youth, portrays the impact on youth of the proposed FY 2011 budget.

Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies

21st Century Community Learning Centers (21st CCLC)
FY11 NCY Request: $1.66 billion
21st CCLC is the primary federal funding source for afterschool programs.  Research shows that quality afterschool programs improve student academic and social skills, graduation rates, keep children and youth safe, and reduce the risk that they will engage in delinquent behavior.  Read the full statement»

Learn and Serve America
FY11 NCY Request: $50 million
LSA programs are a teaching and learning approach that integrate community service with academic study to enrich learning, teach civic responsibility, and strengthen communities, while fostering collaboration between educational institutions and civic, faith-based, and community groups. Participants learn valuable skills that are sought by employers, including teamwork, needs assessment and leadership. Read the full statement»

Mentoring
FY11 NCY Request: $50 million
The HHS Mentoring Children of Prisoners program helps break the cycle of incarceration among some of the nation’s most at-risk youth.  Read the full statement»

Parental information and Resource Centers (PIRCs)
FY 11 NCY request: $43.2 million
PIRCs provide statewide leadership, capacity-building, technical assistance, and training to schools, districts, and states on effective parent engagement strategies that improve student academic achievement. Currently, there are sixty-two PIRCs across the nation, with at least one in each state that serve over 16 million parents annually, the majority of whom have children in low-income or Title I schools. Read the full statement»

Promise Neighborhoods
FY11 NCY Request: $210 million
The Promise Neighborhoods initiative is the Department of Education’s plan to replicate the work of the Harlem Children’s Zone (HCZ) in communities across the country.

Runaway and Homeless Youth Act Programs
FY11 NCY Request: $165 million
RHYA programs provide a continuum of cost-effective services for young people who have no place to live and lack supportive families. Results of the programs include: reduced drop-out rates; doubled school attendance; increased college attendance; increased employment rates; reduced parental physical abuse; and improved family relationships for runaway and homeless youth.  Read the full statement»

Safe Schools
FY11 NCY Request: $447.7 million (combined programs)
The Office of Safe and Drug-Free Schools (OSDFS) provides funding for programs that seek to help schools provide an environment that students need to succeed in school – including programs that focus on drug and alcohol use and violence prevention, physical fitness and nutrition, and student health. Read the full statement»

Workforce Investment Act (WIA) Youth Activities
FY11 NCY Request: $3 billion
WIA Youth Formula programs support youth who face barriers to school completion or employment are prepared for postsecondary educational opportunities or employment. Youth Challenge grants provide for activities designed to assist youth in acquiring the skills, credentials, and employment experience necessary to succeed in the labor market. Read the full statement»

YouthBuild
FY11 NCY Request: $120 million
YouthBuild is a federal program first authorized under the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development in 1992. YouthBuild has demonstrated the ability to stimulate economic development in low- and moderate-income areas. It helps bring the most disadvantaged youth, who have dropped out of high school, or have been adjudicated, into productive employment, higher education, and civic engagement. Read the full statement»

Commerce, Justice, Science and Related Agencies

Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act Programs (JJDPA)
FY11 NCY Request: $440.8 million (combined programs)
JJDPA is the primary federal law guiding and authorizing funding for state and local juvenile justice systems. In addition to establishing prevention and early intervention programs, the JJDPA also provides opportunities for states and local units of government to address juvenile crime and delinquency through prevention, alternatives to incarceration, treatment and services. Read the full statement»