Coordinating Efforts for Disadvantaged Youth
In December 2003, the White House Task Force for Disadvantaged Youth reported that federal programs designated to meet young peoples' needs were spread across 12 departments, with little communication or coordination among them. "The complexity of the problems faced by disadvantaged youth is matched only by the complexity of the traditional federal response to those problems. Both ;are confusing, complicated, and costly," the report noted.
In response, Congressional leaders have drafted the Federal Youth Coordination Act of 2005 (FYCA). The act would establish a Federal Youth Development Council to improve communication among federal agencies serving youth, and establish standards for improving services. Member organizations of the Natiqnal Collaboration for Youth-including CWLA-partnered with lawmakers in drafting the legislation. CWLA President and CEO Shay Bilchik, who chairs the National Collaboration for Youth, officially announced introduction of FYCA in February at a Capitol Hill press conference in Washington, DC.
"The legislation outlines specific activities to be conducted, directs the council to appoint a director to lead these activities, and mandates that the council report to Congress on its results," Bilchik said at the event. …