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Stop Congress from Cutting Funds for Mentoring

The House Commerce, Justice and Science Appropriations Subcommittee - which is responsible for funding the Youth Mentoring Grant - has recommended cuts to the program.

In March, mentoring advocates asked their Members of Congress to ensure that the Youth Mentoring Grant be robustly funded at $120 million in FY18. Unfortunately, the House Commerce, Justice and Science Subcommittee has recommended funding the program at only $75 million.

The Youth Mentoring Grant, managed by the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) at the U.S. Department of Justice is currently funded at $80 million in FY17 - an 11% cut to the FY16 level of $90 million. When combined with the cut recommended in committee, this dangerous downward trend threatens the grant at a time when young people across the country need more caring adult support than ever.

We must send a message to Congress that in order to close the mentoring gap and provide the necessary supports for youth, we need a strong investment in the OJJDP Youth Mentoring Grant. 
 
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