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

FY23 Appropriations 

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 


House LHHS 


Senate LHHS


YouthBuild – DOL $97M ($96,534,000) $97M ($96,534,000)

Level funded FY20-FY22 

$145M ($145,000,000)  $145M $113M
REO – DOL $100M ($100,079,000) $100M ($100,079,000)

Level funded FY21-FY22 

$150M ($150,000,000) $150M $125M
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






$1.8B $1.773B ($1,773,655,000)
WIOA Youth – DOL $921M ($921,130,000) $921M ($921,130,000)

Level funded-FY22 

$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:

SYEP resources:

New Deal for Youth Week of Action: https://bit.ly/ND4YWeekofAction 

Join the next meeting!

Please complete our feedback form. It will help us shape the next conversation. 

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!

Stay in touch!

Jo Ann Paanio joann@forumfyi.org

Kathy Tran ktran@clasp.org  

Thomas Showalter thomas.showalter@nyec.org