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18 Mar, 2011 | News

Catholic Charities Brooklyn and Queens Faces Devastating Cuts to its Youth Programs

Catholic Charities Brooklyn and Queens’ Youth joined hundreds of other New York City Youth at a rally in City Hall to show support for youth programs in New York City.

Catholic Charities Brooklyn and Queens, and many other agencies are facing devastating cuts to its youth programs. Although youth unemployment is higher with the poor economy, the New York State proposed budget calls for a complete elimination of funding for Summer Youth Employment Program (SYEP). Without this funding, Catholic Charities and other agencies cannot serve the 18,000 youths that received jobs last year!  Last summer, Catholic Charities provided 465 youth with jobs through SYEP and many of our older youth asked for help in finding employment after the SYEP ended.

Dramatic reductions in funding were also proposed for other youth development and delinquency prevention programs including Out of School Time (OST) programs,which provides structured activities and educational environment for children and youth while their parents work.Catholic Charities Out of School Time programs offer a variety of services to children and youth, which includes homework help, creative writing, recreational activities, art workshops, talent shows, science fairs, and social skills development.

The Catholic Charities OST programs that will suffer a dramatic reduction of 50% or more in services are:

P.S. 50 OST Program in Jamaica, Queens which serves 256 children from kindergarten to sixth grades during the school year and holidays.

P.S. 106 OST Program in Bushwick, Brooklyn which serves 280 children during the school year, holidays and summer.

OST Transition to High School Program in Fort Greene, Brooklyn which serves 58 ninth-grade students with case management, tutoring, leadership development to promote academic excellence to continue their high school education.

Act now to help save our youth programs. Join Catholic Charities in the Who Cares? I Do. Statewide advocacy campaign to save human services. Catholic Charities Brooklyn and Queens is at the forefront of the campaign led by the Human Service Council “Who Cares? I Do.” As a lead advocate in the campaign, we urge you to get involved by signing the online petition to preserve crucial services to those who need it the most by visiting http://www.whocares-ido.org/

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