Rallying Congress to Safeguard Mentoring Funding

Human Services Policy Network

by Abbie Evans, Director of Government Relations at MENTOR

iStock_000023005017LargeCongress is developing its budget and appropriations priorities for the fiscal year 2015 (FY15). It is critical that they hear from the mentoring community now about the importance of a strong funding commitment for the Youth Mentoring Grant program at the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP). MENTOR is calling on Congress to provide $100 million for the program in FY15 and we need your help!

We are working with national partners and congressional allies to organize support for an increased investment in the Youth Mentoring Grant program. Here’s where things stand now:

  • A coalition sign-on letter calling for a $100 million appropriation for the Youth Mentoring Grant program at OJJDP was sent to the House and Senate appropriations committees. The letters were signed by more than 20 national youth mentoring organizations.
  • In the House, Representative Frederica…

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