Youth Policy News-February 2017

February 2017 edition of the Youth Policy News

 

 

 
February 2017
Youth Policy NEWS
 
Highlights innovative youth-focused policy work at the local, state and federal levels.
 
The Children's Funding Project Pre-Session in Austin
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Prior to the official start of the 2017 National Meeting, the Forum will host a pre-conference session on analyzing, aligning, generating and measuring local children's funding. The Children's Funding Project Pre-Meeting will share the work underway to consolidate and strengthen the examples, tools and strategic support available for local leaders interested in maximizing investments in children and youth programs and services.
 
This interactive workshop will be held on Wednesday, March 29 from 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm. The pre-session will provide an opportunity for communities to explore their work in these areas and leave with action steps. In these uncertain times child advocates and local policymakers around the country are taking ownership of the funding landscape and program investments that they need for kids in their communities. If you have any questions, please contact Elizabeth Gaines.
 
The National Governors Association has released an issue brief addressing how place-based strategies are addressing the needs of impoverished communities and identifying actions governors can take to foster these strategies. Governors can set a tone in their states to encourage place-based strategies among various sectors, support flexible policies, and promote strategic funding approaches to promote place-based efforts.  
 
Colorado's Governor Hickenlooper announced a "Call for Innovation" (CFI), asking local governments and community based organizations to step forward with their most innovative approaches to improve outcomes for Colorado's underserved youth and their families. "The Colorado Call for Innovation is an ambitious statewide effort to catalyze collaboration to move the needle on measurable outcomes for children and their families," Gov. Hickenlooper said.
 
The CFI, released by the Office of State Planning and Budgeting, is focused primarily on two groups: child welfare-involved youth with low on-time high school graduation rates, and young first-time offenders who are briefly admitted to secure detention and then return to their families and communities. Colorado's exploration of Pay for Success focused on youth might provide a model for other states considering a results-based approach to social innovation. 
 
Children's Cabinet Profilesprofiles
Now available on the Forum for Youth Investment's webpage are three new profiles on the children's cabinets and councils from Kansas, New York and Virginia. In total, the website features nine profiles summarizing the structure, staffing, membership, funding and activities of each cabinet. They offer a snapshot of these diverse bodies designed to improve states' coordination and delivery of services to children, youth and their families. The Forum for Youth Investment will continue to add more profiles in the future. 
 
 
Complete the Survey on Youth and the Environmentenvironmentsurvey
Twenty-one plaintiffs, ranging from ages 9 to 21, have filed a federal lawsuit against the government for failing to protect future generations against climate change. Hailed by the Washington Post to be "the trial of the century," the case described as "plucky millennials" vs the fossil fuel industry has legal standing in the federal court system to proceed to trial. Associated with this effort, Our Children's Trust is a nonprofit advocacy group assisting the plaintiffs, and provides legal and engagement support to elevate the voice of youth to secure the legal right to a stable climate and healthy atmosphere.

Such an unprecedented case has inspired thoughtful action around the country as young people engage in an issue that will loom large in their futures. These reported efforts have led the Forum for Youth Investment to ask whether and how policymakers around the country are engaging young people in issues related to the environment. We would love to hear about your local efforts to engage young people in environmental policy. To share your story, take our two question Survey Monkey survey found here.
 
Baltimore Launches $12 Million Youth Fundbaltimore
Baltimore officials are preparing to launch a new $12 million fund for children and youth, which will be one of the city's largest sources of grant funding. Approved by the voters in 2016, the fund commits the city to setting aside more than $12 million a year or 3% of the budget to support youth programs, above and beyond what it already spends on children and youth. Seen as an opportunity for Baltimore to improve conditions that contributed to the unrest in 2015, a task force has been created to research similar funds and make recommendations about how the Baltimore fund should work. In comments to the Baltimore Sun, the task force co-chair Adam Jackson stated, "The fund allows us to build capacity in the community instead of relying on other people to do that for us." 
 
 
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Publishing Date: 
February 28, 2017