Urge Congress to Support School Programs that Address Childhood Trauma

Four smiling childrenForty-six 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. 

Email your Members of Congress today and ask them to invest in programs that address youth exposure to violence and trauma! 

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Dear [Decision Maker],

I am writing you to support funding for the Every Student Succeeds Act.