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Downtown Magazine Covers the Yes for Youth Rally featuring, Director of Policy and Advocacy, Anthony Ng

Friday, June 17, 2011

Downtown Magazine youth rallyChants of “You say cut back, we say fight back” could be heard for blocks around City Hall at a massive rally on June 16. The gathering of hundreds of city parents, teachers and students was the result against the many recent announced cuts to Youth Services in the Mayor’s latest Executive Budget.

 

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New York Nonprofit Press: Youth Rally Against Massive Program Cuts

Thursday, March 10, 2011

An estimated 350-400 youth from neighborhoods across New York City gathered in City Hall Park yesterday to raise concerns about the detrimental proposed cuts to youth programming in Federal, State, and City budgets.

City Council Member and Youth Services Committee Chair Lew Fidler spoke passionately about the potentially devastating impact of cuts for young people and the importance of negotiations currently going on in Albany.  “When they pass the state budget, it will have a critical impact on youth services here in the City.  Right now, it would cut 3,500 after-school slots in the City alone.  It would leave our summer jobs program with just 18,000 jobs.   We had 52,000 summer jobs in the City two years ago.  That is an absolutely outrageous cut.”   He also criticized a proposed $1.7 million cut to shelter beds for runaway and homeless youth.

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UNH Lobby Days in Albany, 2010

Thursday, February 11, 2010
On February 8 and 9, 2010,  UNH held its annual Lobby Days in Albany, in order to connect State legislators and government officials with leaders of UNH member organizations (primarily Executive Directors and Associate Executive Directors). The UNH delegation discussed budget and legislative issues important to their communities and described how their organizations are working to meet community needs. In total, UNH coordinated meetings for 30 staff members from 19 member organizations with 57 State legislators and their staffs. UNH also arranged meetings between UNH member organizations and government officials from the State Office of Children and Family Services, the State Office for the Aging, the State Education Department, and other State agencies that fund social services for individuals and families.

UNH Lobby Days in AlbanyOn February 2nd, 2010, UNH and the Neighborhood Family Services Coalition held its 11th annual Youth Action Day in Albany. On this day, more than 300 youth from neighborhoods across New York City came to the State capitol to voice their support for the Summer Youth Employment Program (SYEP). Youth met with State legislators and officials and heard presentations from Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, Senate Majority Leader Pedro Espada, and Assembly Labor Committee Chair Susan John. This year's event was of particular importance, as Governor Paterson has proposed to eliminate the State's $35 million contribution to SYEP. With New York City also proposing cuts to summer jobs funding, the City stands to lose approximately 35,000 summer jobs this summer. (Click here to view pictures from the 2010 Youth Action Day.)

On January 19, 2010 the Campaign for Tomorrow's Workforce (CTW), led by UNH, the Neighborhood Family Services Coalition, and the Community Service Society, sponsored a legislative briefing in Albany with Senator Velmanette Montgomery (Chair, Senate Committee on Children and Families) and Assemblymember William Scarborough (Chair, Assembly Committee on Children and Families). The briefing, Helping Out-of-School Youth and Young Adults Reconnect to Education and the Workforce, highlighted programs operated by UNH members Union Settlement Association and Cypress Hills Local Development Corporation. Representatives from the New York State Education Department, New York State Department of Labor, New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services, and additional legislative offices attended the event.