White House budget puts funds for mentoring in danger


by David Shapiro

You’ve probably heard about the White House budget proposal to Congress recommending significant cuts to federal domestic programs, including those affecting young people. During a cable news interview, Office of Management and Budget Director Mulvaney specifically referenced cuts to grants at the Department of Justice (the federal agency that hosts the OJJDP youth mentoring grant) as a cost-savings measure to fund law enforcement. Now, Members of Congress must make the hard decisions about funding federal programs that impact on their communities. You can make the difference by taking rapid action today.

ASK CONGRESS TO PROTECT FUNDS FOR MENTORING

Last month at the National Mentoring Summit, many of you participated in Capitol Hill Day and talked to your Members of Congress about the impact of mentoring on your communities, laying an important foundation aimed at protecting federal investment in mentoring.

Please join MENTOR, our affiliates, and our partners in taking action today to protect this investment in young people by asking your Member of Congress to fund the OJJDP youth mentoring grant at $120 million in fiscal year 2018. You can contact your Member of Congress via email and social media here.

TAKE ACTION NOW AND INVEST IN YOUNG PEOPLE

The threat to the OJJDP youth mentoring grant and other critical federal youth-serving programs has never been more real. We must speak up and tell Congress about the value of these programs in our communities. Thank you for your everyday investment in young people and your commitment to closing the mentoring gap so they can better strive and thrive.

Sincerely,

David Shapiro

CEO

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