National Association of Counties Voices Support for YouthBuild
Gathering at the National Association of Counties (NACo) 80th Annual Conference in Charlotte, thousands of county officials last week announced their support for YouthBuild as a critically important program in counties and communities nationwide, and called for expansion of the U.S. Department of Labor YouthBuild funding essential for reconnecting young people to education, work, and community service.
“We are so thankful for the support of many local officials who are closest to our work at the county level,” said Dorothy Stoneman, founder of YouthBuild USA, Inc. “In counties all across the country, YouthBuild staff and students are rebuilding lives and communities every single day. County officials nationwide see that the YouthBuild model creates opportunity and prepares so many young people for a more successful future by focusing on leadership development and community service.”
The NACo resolution highlights YouthBuild as a key program that serves many counties and provides effective pathways to education, workforce training, community service and leadership training among opportunity youth. NACo calls on Congress to restore the federal appropriation to its Fiscal Year 2010 level of $102.5M for funding of YouthBuild grants awarded by the Federal Department of Labor.