Savannah, GA - February 21, 2018
Last week (2/12/18) the President released a budget proposal for FY19. Like last year, this budget would eliminate funding for vital youth-serving programs, including 21st Century Community Learning Centers, AmeriCorps, Promise Neighborhoods, and the new Student Success and Academic Enrichment grants.
"Children in poverty require a network of support to overcome the adult-sized challenges they face. This proposed budget will hit Savannah hard" said Catalina Garcia-Quick, Executive Director of
Communities In Schools of Savannah.
"AmeriCorps is how we fund our reading tutors but these proposed cuts don't just impact us. The AmeriCorps program is in place across the city and county via agencies like Step Up Savannah and The United Way, and the 21st century grant allows for after school programs all over our county. Eliminating this funding not only would hurt Savannah-Chatham County, but our state as well - programs are funded across the state using these dollars. Add in Georgia fell short $166M in QBE (Quality Basic Education) funding in the last state budget cycle, our students are going to suffer."
Communities In Schools has declared
February 21, 2018 Digital Advocacy Day
as a way for the nation to surround students with their support by calling on Congress to to address the problems of the countries most disadvantaged students in the President's newly proposed budget.
"We know for a fact these programs work" Garcia-Quick said. "We are encouraging everyone to reach out to their law makers, not just here in Savannah and across the state, but across the country, because this effects all students everywhere."
, Communities In Schools National President and CEO Dale Erquiaga called on Congress to reject this proposal and restore funding. "Nearly 14.5 million children under the age of 18 live in poverty and every day must overcome barriers to getting their shot at the American Dream. A great nation cannot pick and choose among it's people...".
Congress has the power to reject these cuts. Just a few minutes of your time can help save after school programs for not only the 37K students in Savannah-Chatham County, but the 1.7M kids across the country who depend on them. Taking away after school and vital programs also takes away safe spaces and caring adults from the kids who need it most. Know the impact and act now. Raise your voice today and urge your elected officials to invest in kids. This is not a partisan issue. We owe it to our young people to demonstrate that we are all in this together for their future success. For more information on how you can
Stand Up For Students In the Federal Budget
please view our web site at CISSAVANNAH.org.