California Senator Barbara Boxer has expressed to her constituents a willingness to co-sponsor S. 435 - the Youth PROMISE act - as a visionary approach to reducing youth violence and keeping at-risk youth out of the criminal justice system. We need the help of the Change.org community to convince Senator Boxer to officially sign on and make Youth PROMISE a reality.
The Youth PROMISE Act is a bipartisan bill that funds and implements the best policy recommendations to reduce youth crime and violence through proven prevention and intervention practices, such as mentoring and after-school programs. The bill targets communities with the highest rates of youth crime and gang activity and empowers local communities with control over the use and oversight of resources, while holding communities accountable for their funding through measurement of cost, savings and effectiveness.
WHAT WE NEED EVERYONE IN CALIFORNIA TO DO IS:
1) Sign the petition below to send Senator Boxer an e-mail asking for her co-sponsorship of S. 435.
2) Follow-up with a call to thank Senator Boxer for her willingness to sign onto S. 435 and ask her to officially co-sponsor the bill.
Here are the numbers to call:
Washington D.C. - (202) 224-3553
San Francisco - (415) 403-0100
Sacramento - (916) 448-2787
Fresno - (559) 497-5109
Los Angeles - (213) 894-5000
San Diego - (619) 239-3884
Inland Empire - (951) 684-4849
3) Get ready to celebrate passage of the Youth PROMISE act into law!
Thanks for helping make this happen!
From your friends at The Peace Alliance.
At recent political events, you have expressed willingness to support the Youth PROMISE act (S. 435) as a visionary way of reducing violence in California and elsewhere. I am writing to you today to thank you for your leadership in this area and to ask that you formally sign on to the bill as a cosponsor
The Youth PROMISE Act funds and implements the best policy recommendations from across the political spectrum to reduce youth crime and violence through proven prevention and intervention practices, such as mentoring and after-school programs. All credible research indicates that evidence-based prevention and intervention programs for at-risk youth both reduce crime and save far more than they cost, by cutting down on expensive incarceration and criminal justice enforcement costs. We must engage youth in positive ways to keep them from joining gangs or engaging in other violent activities.
The challenges of violence demand our full resources and attention. I ask you to support and co-sponsor this legislation in the current session as a big step toward creating a lasting peace in our nation and world.
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