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White House Budget Puts Funds for Mentoring in Danger

The White House budget proposal to Congress recommends significant cuts to federal domestic programs, including those affecting young people. Now, the House and Senate Appropriations committees must work to determine federal funding for fiscal year 2018 (FY18). These Members of Congress will determine at what level the Youth Mentoring Grant, the only mentoring-specific federal grant will be funded.

Mentoring advocates must use their voices to ensure that in FY18 the Youth Mentoring Grant is robustly funded at $120 million. The Youth Mentoring Grant, housed at the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) is currently funded at $90 million, we are asking for a small increase so that more youth can have access to the critical supports we know they need. 

As Congress considers funding for FY18, you can urge your elected officials to invest in kids throughout the nation by expressing support for the Youth Mentoring Grant. Congress can help close the mentoring gap, but they can't do it without hearing from you!
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