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Sign on to Legislation to Improve Services for Youth

3/1/2005:   By visiting the National Youth Development online information center at www.nydic.org/nydic/policy/FYCA.htm, you can sign on as a supporting organization or send an email or fax to Congress to back bipartisan legislation--the Federal Youth Coordination Act of 2005.

The bill is drafted in partnership with National Collaboration for Youth member organizations--including the Child Welfare League of America--in response to a December 2003 report from the White House Task Force for Disadvantaged Youth. The task force found that programs to meet young peoplesí needs are spread across 12 federal departments, with little communication or coordination among them. The proposed act would establish the Federal Youth Development Council to improve communication among federal agencies serving youth, and to establish standards for improving services.

Representative Tom Osborne (R-NE) and Senator Norm Coleman (R-MN) introduced the legislation, and original cosponsors include Senators Lamar Alexander (R-TN) and Mike DeWine (R-OH), and Representatives Donald Payne (D-NJ), Harold Ford (D-TN), and Pete Hoekstra (R-MI).


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