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Tell Congress to Restore Funds for Mentoring

In September, Congress decided to fund fiscal year 2018 through a temporary funding bill called a continuing resolution (CR). The CR expires December 8th, forcing Congress to act on funding for FY18 or risk a government shutdown.

Unfortunately, The Youth Mentoring Grant, managed by the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) at the U.S. Department of Justice was funded at only $80 million in the continuing resolution, the same as in FY17 - an 11% cut to the FY16 level of $90 million. It is critical that as Congress works to fund the government they restore the $10 million dollar cut to the Youth Mentoring Grant in FY18.

We know that once federal grants are cut or eliminated, there is a small chance for return. This cut only widens the mentoring gap at a time when young people across the country need caring adult support more than ever.

We must send a strong message to Congress that the mentoring movement supports restoring funds to the Youth Mentoring Grant and that investing in young people means investing in all our communities and future. 
 
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