million children in the United States will be exposed to violence, crime,
abuse, or psychological trauma in a given year. That’s two out of every three
children in this country. They are our sons, daughters, grandsons,
granddaughters, nieces, and nephews. They are our future.
The new Every
Student Succeeds Act plays a critical role in creating the programs needed to support
and help heal young people who have been exposed to violence and trauma. As
part of the bill, school districts can use funds under a ‘Student Support and
Academic Enrichment Grant Program’ to support a wide range of activities that
help foster safe and healthy students. Such as implementing school-based mental health services, scaling up professional
development programs based on trauma-informed practices, and combatting
bullying and harassment.
But funding for this
programming is being threatened.
Under the Every Student Succeeds Act, Congress authorized the ‘Student Support
and Academic Enrichment Grant Program’ at $1.65 billion, but the President’s
budget for Fiscal Year 2017 only proposes $500 million. If this reduced
funding level passes, it will have a critical negative impact on school
districts’ ability to carry out these type of programs.
We need your help in ensuring that
the programs that address exposure to youth violence and trauma can get the
financial resources they need at the federal level.
Members of Congress today and ask them to invest in programs that address youth
exposure to violence and trauma!
Dear [Decision Maker],
I am writing you to support funding for the Every Student Succeeds Act.