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June 8, 2011
Washington, D.C. – At a time when budget cuts are slashing into youth programs around the country, The Forum for Youth Investment today honored policymakers who are taking action to help prepare our nation’s young people for successful adulthood.
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services recently announced the availability of over $100 million for up to 75 Community Transformation Grants. Created by the Affordable Care Act, these grants aim to help communities implement projects proven to reduce chronic diseases, such as diabetes and heart disease, and thus reduce health disparities and lower health care costs.
Those who promote and carry out positive youth development are sometimes asked to explain what it is. Forum CEO Karen Pittman took on that task in a speech in Miami this month at the bi-annual Leadership Institute for Reclaiming Futures, a national initiative that helps young people who are in trouble with drugs, alcohol, and crime.