Followers of this blog will note that we occasionally write about the economy and the importance of jobs, particularly the summer jobs program. We can tell that those are some of the least well-read items we write about, and we don't want to go completely off-topic. But this is a vitally important issue, and here's why.
Promise Neighborhoods is about connecting these youth not just to college, but careers. The summer jobs program is a critically important pathway to job experience and should be part of local Promise Neighborhoods efforts, if not immediately, then eventually.
Unfortunately, according to a Washington Post article yesterday, time is running out for more money for this program. The Congressional Black Caucus is pushing hard and we strongly support their efforts in this regard.
United Neighborhood Centers of America is an association not just of community-based nonprofits. We are also the voice of those organizations in Washington, not just on Promise Neighborhoods but the rest of the administration's urban agenda and related, vitally important programs like this one. The Alliance for Children and Families represents similar organizations working with these communities, and similarly supports this program.
We hope we will be able to pull some of the non-members among you along with us on this. We are stronger when we work together.