EXPANDING THE NATIONAL INVESTMENT IN AFTER-SCHOOL AND
WHEREAS, insuring access to high-quality after-school and out-of-school programming for school-aged youth and their families continues to be a critical priority at the local, state and national levels; and
WHEREAS, after-school programming reinforces a positive attitude towards education and staying in school, enhances the physical, social, emotional and moral development of youth, and provides support for working families; and
WHEREAS, affordable, accessible and high-quality after-school and out-of-school programming is an essential need for most American families; and
WHEREAS, the risk of youth becoming victims of or participating in a violent crime triples in the hours following the school day; and
WHEREAS, unsupervised youth are at greater risk of truancy, pregnancy, abusing alcohol, drugs, and tobacco, receiving poor grades, and experiencing mental depression; and
WHEREAS, children who attend high-quality after-school and out-of-school programs experience greater academic success, develop stronger peer relations, have better emotional adjustment and conflict resolution skills, and have better conduct in school compared to peers not in after school programs,
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that The United States Conference of Mayors urges the federal government, along with state and local governments, to increase investment in community-based after-school and out-of-school programs; and
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that The United States Conference of Mayors urges the federal government to re-establish a summer jobs program for the nation's economically disadvantaged youth, to initially fund this program at a level equivalent to or greater than the FY 2001 funding levels, and to utilize the same needs-based funding formula to allocate these funds nationally; and.
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that The Conference of Mayors calls on Congress to ensure that any new targeted grant program for youth is funded only from the excess of the amount appropriated for the WIA youth formula program when it is at a level of at least $1 billion and not at the expense of the year round program.