Opportunity Youth Advocacy Community – September 2022 Monthly Meeting Summary
Updates from a national coalition of individuals and organizations who come together to build comprehensive support for and investment in pathways for Opportunity Youth – young people ages 16 to 24 who are not in school or the workforce.
If you’re interested in joining this cross-issue coalition of advocates and researchers focused on Opportunity Youth, please sign up here. Advocates of all ages and issue areas are welcome!
- DC state of play
- Different avenues: BBB, appropriations, WIOA, executive branch
- Resource Round-Up
DC State of play
The clock has been ticking louder and at the time of our last stakeholder call, it was crunch time for Congress to agree upon and pass a stopgap spending bill, known as a Continuing Resolution (“CR”). The House and the Senate passed the CR on September 30th, funding the government through Dec. 16 and providing billions in additional Ukraine aid and disaster relief. The CR passed with a vote of 230 to 201.
The CR funds most programs and activities at the FY2021 levels with several exceptions that provide funding flexibility and additional appropriations for various programs. Overall, there has been tensions around a number of areas related to appropriations, including aid to Ukraine, the water crisis in Jackson, Mississippi, refugee resettlement, and the standing issue of Joe Manchin’s reform proposal, which is getting heat from both sides of the aisle. Ultimately, the CR gives Congress an extension to attempt to complete the fiscal year 2023 omnibus.
FY23 Proposed Appropriations
Below is an overview of where the program funding levels have been in FY21-FY23.
|Program||FY21 Enacted||FY22 Enacted||President’s Budget Request
|YouthBuild – DOL||$97M ($96,534,000)||$97M ($96,534,000)
Level funded FY20-FY22
|REO – DOL||$100M ($100,079,000)||$100M ($100,079,000)
Level funded FY21-FY22
|AmeriCorps Nat’l Civilian Community Corps (NCCC) – AmeriCorps||$34M ($33,500,000)||$35M ($34,505,000)||$38M ($37,735,000)||$38M ($37,735,000)||$36M ($36,375,000)|
|AmeriCorps State/National – Americorps||$455M ($455,096,000)||$467M ($466,749,000)||$557M ($557,094,000)||$523M||$492M ($491,750,000)|
|Job Corps – DOL||$1.749B
|WIOA Youth – DOL||$921M ($921,130,000)||$921M ($921,130,000)
|$964M ($963,837,000)||$1B ($1,033,130,000)||$958M ($958,130,000)|
Inflation Reduction Act Preview
The Inflation Reduction Act is a large-scale economic investment that will address issues such as climate justice, prescription coverage, and also raising taxes on corporations. It was signed and passed into law this past summer.
This Act includes a $3B Environmental Justice Block Grant, which will be broken down into $2.8B to benefit disadvantaged communities through community lead projects, and $200M for technical assistance. Right now, the EPA has a proposal for about 5-10 technical assistance providers that may be connected to this specific grant. Organizations eligible for this block grant include states, tribes, municipalities and nonprofits.
The implementing agency will be the Environmental Protection Agency, with support from the newly created Office of Environmental Justice and External Civil Rights. Within the legislative text there are a number of bills and provisions that could lead to the creation of 9 million jobs.
Resource Round Up
Resources on the Inflation Reduction Act’s Environmental and Climate Justice Block Grants:
- 9 Million Jobs from Climate Action: The Inflation Reduction Act
- Environmental Justice (EJ) Provisions of the 2022 Inflation Reduction Act Category IRA Section Benefit Eligible Applicants EJ Cr
- National Environmental Justice Community Engagement Calls | US EPA
- The Promises of Summer Youth Employment Programs: Lessons from Randomized Evaluations | The Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab
- Youth summer jobs programs: Aligning ends and means
- Let’s invest in summer jobs programs to maximize their impact
New Deal for Youth Week of Action: https://bit.ly/ND4YWeekofAction
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Next conversation is Oct. 24th, 2022, same time and place (Register for future monthly stakeholder updates).
October’s Stakeholder Briefing will be co-hosted by the Forum for Youth Investment, CLASP, and the National Youth Employment Coalition and focused on tapping recently passed federal funds to support older youth, specifically, the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA), Bipartisan Safer Communities Act, Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, and the American Recovery Plan Act (ARPA). Join this session to learn what’s possible and get tactical guidance on how to leverage funds for older youth, especially youth who are systems-involved or disconnected from school and the workforce. Register here!
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