Invest in Youth!
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#InvestInYouth is a campaign calling for meaningful investment of public funds and resources to help our City’s most vulnerable youth reach their full potential and to create safe neighborhoods where they can thrive and have access to opportunities that prepare them for a successful future. You can find out more about our campaign, the Building Healthy Communities Collaborative and #IAmPossible here or on facebook.
To get there, we need a vision and a plan to ensure positive youth development is a priority in our city and to ask city leaders to think about public safety more broadly. We need city leaders to create a Department of Youth Development and invest one percent of public safety dollars in youth centers and programs that foster positive youth development and create jobs for young people.
Can you help us by signing our petition to the LA City Council?
- Councilmember District 14
Dear Honorable Mayor Garcetti and Los Angeles Council Members,
The City of Los Angeles is home to over 800,000 youth between the ages of 10-24 and one out of six Los Angeles youth are considered disconnected – meaning they are neither enrolled in school nor working. The fact of the matter is that we're not doing enough to prevent the City’s youth from becoming disconnected. As a City, we have to provide opportunities to help young people in Los Angeles live up to their potential.
Investing in young people is also a proven public safety strategy that is prioritized in other cities across the country, but not in Los Angeles. We also remain one of the only large cities in the country that does not have a dedicated department focused on serving the needs of young people. Los Angeles has an Animal Services Department and a Zoo Department but doesn’t have a department focused on youth development. We deserve much better!
Focusing the City’s attention on youth development is a clear way to reduce the criminalization of youth, provide a pathway to college and careers, and help youth contribute both economically and socially to the future of Los Angeles. Other major cities such as New York, Boston, and San Francisco, are leading the way in making deliberate, large-scale investments in youth development. They each have a youth development department, funded by city revenues, that is tasked with implementing a comprehensive city-wide strategy. This is in sharp contrast with the City of Los Angeles, which:
Only invests $65 per youth/per year on youth development, while San Francisco and New York are investing $1,871 and $541 on their young people.
Under invests in city-wide youth development programs, $53.1 million, making LA uncompetitive with other cities like New York (youth development spending $812.9 million) and San Francisco ($209.6 million)
The Invest in Youth – I am Possible Coalition Demands the Following from the City of Los Angeles:
Create a City-wide Youth Development Department funded by general fund revenue.
Create a comprehensive and coordinated plan and vision to serve and increase youth development opportunities for the most vulnerable youth in the most under-resourced areas of Los Angeles.
Fund collaborative, community-driven, public-safety strategies focused on engaging community and increasing positive youth development opportunities that will reduce criminalization of youth.
Today we ask you to work with our coalition to:
Create a City of Los Angeles Youth Development Task Force that will work with our coalition and is tasked with the creation of a Youth Development Department by 2020.
Allocate $10 million from general fund revenue and or future cannabis revenue in the 2018 and 2019 City budget to fund 50 safe nurturing spaces for youth development across the City.
The Invest in Youth Coalition is comprised of nonprofit organizations, community leaders, educators, parents, and students that focus on expanding Youth Development in the City of Los Angeles. They are part of The California Endowment’s Building Healthy Communities Initiative, dedicated to empowering residents in low-income communities to address inequities through organizing and policy change.
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