The U.S. House of Representatives voted to cut the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Mentoring Program budget by 45% and to eliminate funding for the Mentoring Children of Prisoners Program. An estimated 13,000 children in Oregon and 28,000 children in Washington State have one or both parents in prison or under some form of state or federal probation. We need your help to protect these two programs.
Locally our agency receives $1.1 million in federal funds which allow us to serve 1,000 children facing severe adversity. If the proposed federal budget cuts are made, these children will lose their Portland metropolitan and SW Washington Big Brothers and Sisters. Additionally, many of the children on our agency’s waiting list will languish without ever being matched with mentors.
While we know that cuts must be made, we urge Congress to retain these cost-effective programs that prevent future generations from ending up in prison and dropping out of school. Our mentoring program is one of a very few programs proven to work. We ask the federal government to stand with kids, families and communities that rely on Big Brothers Big Sisters and to:
- Give children someone to talk to and confide in
- Expose children to new opportunities and positive lifestyles
- Look long-term: Big Brothers Big Sisters is proven effective
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