Join us in asking Palo Alto City Council to reject the cuts being proposed in the 2021-22 city budget for children and youth programs that protect their emotional, mental and physical health and wellness. According to the Palo Alto Weekly, a number of community services would suffer because of these cuts. A few of these cuts include-
Performing Arts: our beloved Children's Theatre would lose staffing and risk the full closure of the theatre in the more drastic "Tier 2" strategy that would be undertaken if the revenues plummet even further than expected.
Libraries: Children's library, which is the oldest children’s library in the country. Downtown and College Terrace libraries would also be closed to the public.
Teen programming: Elimination of funding teen programs including the free Family Day programs at the Rinconada Park institution and Youth Community Service's mental health wellness program- Youth Connectedness Initiative.
Community building: Eliminate the Cultural Kaleidoscope, a bridge-building curriculum connecting our elementary students to artists in the neighboring communities in East Palo Alto and Menlo Park.
Arts: Palo Alto Art Center would lose all city support for its exhibition programs for the first time in its 50-year history.
Make your voice heard! sign this petition and if you can, join the City Council Meetings and the Council Finance Committee to express your concern. We know cuts may be needed, but our children and youth should not be sacrificed, especially this year when the COVID19 pandemic has taken a huge toll on our children and youth. Details available at- https://www.cityofpaloalto.org/Departments/City-Clerk/City-Council-Agendas-and-Minutes