Children's Aid Families Speak Out Against Proposed Cuts to Youth Programs

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Over 50 youth and their parents represented The Children’s Aid Society at a rally on March 9th supporting New York City youth programs. The New York City Youth Alliance, Beacons Unite, The Campaign for Summer Jobs, Coalition for Out Of School Time, and the Campaign for Tomorrow’s Workforce were also among the supporters who joined together to voice their concerns to city, state, and federal elected officials about possibly losing these vital youth services.

New York City is facing devastating cuts to youth programs including after school, beacon programs, summer jobs, literacy and job training. Many will be forced to close if these cuts are realized. Kids and families NEED these programs now. Prior to the rally, nonprofit organizations gathered at a press conference to talk about the devastating effects budget cuts will have on youth services. Council Member Lewis A. Fidler, Chair of the Committee on Youth Services, spoke about how important it is to prevent youth and social services from being on the chopping block.

“After-School programs provide a safe and learning environment for us youth” said 8th grader Selena Valentin to Council Member Ydanis Rodriguez at the rally. Selena is a student at the Roberto Clemente Campus, a Children’s Aid Society Community School that provides its students with after-school programs. “We better ourselves, stay out of trouble and prepare for the future. We need after-school programs to help us become all that we can be.”

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