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.
On 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.