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Black Lawmakers Urge Bush to Restore Urban Youth Program

BlackPressUsa, Posted: Jul 04, 2008

WASHINGTON, D.C.-- The Congressional Black Caucus has appealed to President Bush on behalf of the National Urban Leagues Urban Youth Empowerment Program, which is set to be slashed from the budget of the Department of Labor next week. The funding, which enables the program to provide much-needed services to young people to reduce recidivism and to help them complete their high school education and to find jobs, will be terminated this week. The 37 members of the Congressional Black Caucus signed a letter to Bush asking that the program not be terminated, NNPA reports. The letter asks that the federal government allocate at least $4 million to allow 800 youth enrollees to complete the training that they have already begun through 2008. At a time when incarceration rates are at an all-time high in the nation, and unemployment among young people is steadily increasing, the program serves as a valuable resource to underserved communities around the country, the letter states. The program has a demonstrated record of effectiveness in assisting at-risk youth in educational opportunities, job training and placement, and the support needed to make a successful transition into the workplace.

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