Together, We Influence the Federal Agenda by Demonstrating Our Impact, One Community at A Time.
MANY advocates with and on behalf of organizations working to improve the lives of young people at greatest risk of victimization and/or delinquency. With the assistance of local youth-serving organizations such as yours, MANY influences conversations and educates decision makers at the federal level to advance national policy and services for youth at-risk and at high-risk. MANY informs Members of Congress, as well as federal agencies, on the emerging trends and needs within local communities, and works with the federal government to address those challenges through improved policies and financial support for youth-serving programs.
MANY focuses on the priorities that are identified by our member organizations as critical issues. In 2018, MANY’s advocacy efforts will mirror our focus and address:
- Coordinated community responses to youth and young adult homelessness;
- Enhancing mentoring models for youth at highest risk for juvenile justice involvement; and,
- Preventing and addressing relationship violence, sexual exploitation, and trafficking of youth.
Each year, Congress must decide how it will allocate money for discretionary programs, including determining funding levels for programs and services that support the youth we serve. Given the growing number of demands for scarce public dollars, it is essential that Congress be educated on the importance and impact of federal youth-serving programs by YOU - the experts and organizations that are working on the streets and in our communities. MANY is a conduit between you, the field experts and implementers, and federal level decision-makers.
Amplify Your Impact
Last year, MANY members joined a call-to-action and invested more than $67,000 in a collective effort to successfully preserve federal funding for several essential federal programs – like those that support mentoring, and services to youth who have runaway and/or experienced homelessness. MANY and MANY members educated Members of Congress regarding the devastating consequences of the spending cuts that were proposed in last year’s budget, as well as to advocate proactively for funding and improved policies. In partnership with other national organizations, MANY’s efforts successfully maintained funding in the proposed FY 2018 budget for the majority of these priorities. The investment in our advocacy efforts also furthered the reputation of MANY and its members as a reliable resource for policymakers by providing a platform for MANY to offer thoughtful and credible policy recommendations. Now, Congress must once again decide if it will prioritize funding for youth programs amongst the many other competing demands for limited public resources. Anticipating another difficult year, MANY is proactively building upon last year’s success to continue its engagement with Congress and federal agencies to protect and enhance federal programs for young people. More specifically, MANY will prioritize funding and support for:
- DOJ: Mentoring programs (including those targeting human trafficking)
- HUD: Programs for youth experiencing homelessness
- ACYF: Programs for young people who are at risk of or have run away and/or are experiencing homelessness
MANY will educate national policymakers on the needs and challenges in local communities by:
- Providing focused messaging on national trends and current events - translating local developments into national policy and vice versa;
- Coordinating face-to-face meetings with key Members of Congress and their staff particularly members of the Appropriations Committees which control federal funding; and
- Building strategic relationships with decision-makers at all levels, leveraging the collective strength and knowledge of our membership to improve federal policy.
MANY will support your agency and the field in becoming every day advocates – providing access to experts and colleagues that can help you to tell your story and move the conversation forward. Watch for webinars, blog posts, and resources that speak to how we strengthen our advocacy efforts locally and nationally. Here are some of the previous and upcoming blog posts in our Government Relations Blog Series:
- December: The Current Status of FY2018 Federal Funding
- January: Update on Federal Funding Landscape: What Is Being Discussed?
- February & beyond: Coming Soon!
By making a contribution to MANY’s advocacy project, you are leading the effort to ensure funding for essential youth services is maintained. Your support in educating decision-makers on the significance of these programs will help sustain their investment. Most importantly, you will be supporting a collaborative of local, state, and national organizations that will safeguard critical community supports for the youth and families we serve.