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Save YouthBuild! Act Now!

The majority in the U.S. House of Representatives plans to cut $100 billion from the Federal budget, primarily focused on discretionary domestic spending affecting low income people.  

Specifically, the Appropriations Committee proposes to eliminate the YouthBuild program under the Department of Labor; and proposes to eliminate the Corporation for National and Community Service programs, including AmeriCorps.

We ask that you TAKE ACTION TODAY and sign the online petition and add a personal message that explains to Congress how these cuts would hurt your communities.  Urge them to VOTE NO on a Continuing Resolution that eliminates funding for YouthBuild and for the Corporation for National and Community Service Programs, including AmeriCorps, and for many other important programs affecting low-income communities.

Background:
Starting on Monday, February 14, the U.S. House of Representatives will begin consideration of a Continuing Resolution that will fund the last 7 months of Fiscal Year 2011. House Appropriations Committee Chairman Hal Rogers has announced that the bill will immediately cut $100 billion from the President Obama’s proposed FY’11 budget. 

Even though we are already five months into the 2011 fiscal year, some programs might lose ALL of their regular 2011 funding.  This means some of our YouthBuild programs might have to close their doors.

As YouthBuild Alumni we know first-hand the positive impacts YouthBuild has had on our lives.  Providing us with the tools needed to empower ourselves, provide for our families, improve our communities, and take personal responsibility of our lives.  We also know the benefits of having an AmeriCorps Education Award to pay for that first year of college.  It is our responsibility to KEEP THE DOORS OPEN FOR EVERY YOUNG PERSON KNOCKING!  Act Now! Sign the online Petition TODAY!

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