Youth Policy News - October 2016

October edition of Youth Policy News 






October 2016
Youth Policy NEWS
Highlights innovative youth-focused policy work at the local, state and federal levels.
Webinar: Is a Children's Cabinet right for your Mayor, County Executive or Commissioner?

Thursday, November 10th, 12:15pm to 1:15pmfirst

Across the nation, county and municipal leaders are aligning multiple agencies to develop better policies, procedures and programmatic efforts to support the success of children, youth and their families. This work often focuses on populations in need of targeted support. The coordinating bodies are sometimes called Children's Cabinets. 
Is your county or city interested in developing a Children's Cabinet or do you already have the structure but want to learn more? Come learn, share and listen on this webinar about this emerging work to improve the lives of children and youth:
Moderator: Elizabeth Gaines, Senior Fellow, Forum for Youth Investment
Erin Brown, Executive Director - Office of Children's Affairs | City and County of Denver
Patricia Harrison, Deputy County Executive | Fairfax County Government
Maeghan Gilmore, Program Director, Health, Human Services and Justice | National Association of Counties
Bela Shah Spooner, Program Manager, Institute for Youth, Education, and Families | National League of Cities

Click here to register.

Harvard Offering Technical Assistance to Pay for Success and Performance Improvement Projects second
The Harvard Kennedy School Government Performance Lab is accepting applications from state and local governments interested in receiving pro bono technical assistance to undertake pay for success and performance improvement projects. For pay for success projects using social impact bonds, assistance can be used for either feasibility analysis or transaction structuring. Forperformance improvementwork, we are seeking governments interested in improving the results they achieve with their core human services spending.
The Performance Lab's request for proposals contains application details. There will be two rounds of awards, with application deadlines of November 7, 2016 and March 15, 2017, respectively. Further information, including the application form, can be found on the Government Performance Lab website:
Hennepin County, Minnesota Updates Fiscal Map for Youth Supports & Services third
In summer of 2016, Hennepin County conducted its second scan in two years. This scan analyzed the national, state, and local resources available to support teen pregnancy prevention and overall health and well-being for young people in the county. Fiscal mapping can assist communities seeking to understand a fuller picture of financing the services they need and want.

Hennepin County is ahead of a national curve as counties seek to clearly access this kind of fiscal data to help track progress against shared outcomes. The county's fiscal mapping report can be found

In his September inaugural address, Seattle Mayor Edward Murray announced the creation of a Youth Opportunity Cabinet that would ensure coordination and alignment across numerous city departments that serve and invest in Seattle young people. The goals of the Youth Opportunity Cabinet are to help Seattle youth to:
  • Graduate from high school and attain a post-secondary credential;
  • Obtain meaningful employment;
  • Be safe and free of involvement in the criminal justice system;
  • Achieve physical and emotional well-being;
  • Have a positive connection with a caring adult in their community.
The Cabinet emerged out of a 2015 Youth Summit focused on disconnected youth, and will focus initial efforts on making investments in youth jobs and launching a new strategy for the Seattle Youth Violence Prevention Initiative. 
The Opportunity Agenda is a social justice communication lab aiming to shift the way in which the public views poverty. In 2014, fifty years after President Lyndon Johnson declared an "unconditional war on poverty," The Opportunity Agenda published A Window of Opportunity, an examination of prevailing public opinion and media representation of poverty in America.
In 2016, they updated the report, A Window of Opportunity II. This publication examines public perception of the fairness of the economy, attitudes towards people suffering from homelessness, and public attitudes towards taxation and spending. Perceptions are shifting - survey data suggest that nearly 6 in 10 Americans believe that the American Dream no longer holds true, up from 48 percent in 2014. Survey data from 2010 to 2015 also suggests that Americans are more concerned about equal opportunity today than at any other time within the last five years.

For more information, go to

In several cities and counties, children's services funds are on the ballot in an attempt to bolster supports and services to children, youth and families. Here is a round-up of funds on local November ballots:
  • The Hamilton County Children's Services Levy (Cincinnati region) has come up for renewaland supports the system of care which was originally established to expand services available to protect and support Hamilton County children. The children's services levy has not been increased in two decades. If passed, the 2.77-mill levy will raise about $38 million a year to support vulnerable children and families.
  • The city of Baltimore has put a youth services fund up to a vote on the November ballot after earlier this year the mayor vetoed the fund which was unanimously supported by the City Council. If passed, it will funnel millions of dollars into a new fund benefiting programs for children and teenagers, particularly focused on prevention.
  • Following the lead of seven other Missouri counties, Jackson County has placed a children's services levy on the 2016 November ballot. The fund would come from revenues generated from a 1/8 of cent sales tax. The funds would be used to provide services to children who are homeless, experiencing domestic violence, in foster care or suffering from abuse and neglect.


Publishing Date: 
October 20, 2016