Magazine article Nation's Cities Weekly

HD Focuses on Jobs and Youth

Magazine article Nation's Cities Weekly

HD Focuses on Jobs and Youth

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Federal job-training programs, youth development and education highlight the position development agenda determined by the Human Development Policy Committee on March 9th during the Congressional City Conference. Additionally the committee selected federal aspects of health care, particularly as they treat managed care and the impact of federal deficit reduction on social programs.

Led by Committee Chair Mayor John DeStefano Jr. of New Haven, Conn. the committee will examine how federal job training programs might best be made adaptable to local community conditions and contribute positively to welfare reform efforts.

The broad topic of juvenile development was designed to capture aspects of family services, child care standards, parenting training and support of parents in raising families.

The committee will review existing policies for adequacy in advocating good support structures for youth.

Education, an issue of continuing concern to the committee, was identified as the third issue deserving policy development.

Against the backdrop of the limited federal financial role in primary and secondary education, the committee will investigate federal roles on topics such as civic democracy, positive alternatives to drugs, community education, school vouchers, and methods of linking the elderly with youth.

Job Training

The committee decision to rework NLC's policies on job training appeared to be driven by: the length of time since these policies have been comprehensively reviewed by NLC; the sweeping reorganization of these programs that appears to be underway at the federal level; and the renewed importance of training/retraining urged both by welfare reform and the rapidly changing United States job market. …

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