From: The Honorable Raul M. Grijalva
Sent By:
Cristina.Villa@mail.house.gov

Date: 4/4/2017

EXTENDED—CLOSING 5PM TODAY: COB, April 3rd

Current Co-Signers (14):  Rep. Gwen Moore, Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham, Rep. Tony Cárdenas, Rep. Pramila Jayapal, Rep. Al Green, Rep. Sheila Jackson-Lee, Rep. Norma J. Torres, Rep. Eleanor Holmes Norton, Rep. Tom
O’Halleran, Rep. Ben Ray Luján, Rep. Mark DeSaulnier, Rep. Darren Soto, Rep. Frederica S. Wilson, Rep. John Conyers Jr.

Dear Colleague,

Please join me in requesting to Chairman Cole and Ranking member DeLauro to continue funding for Native Youth Community Projects (NYCP), which is funded within the Labor, Health, and Human Services, and Education appropriations bill, and include a $30 million
increase for FY18.

This funding will support community driven strategies to improve the college and career readiness of Native American youth by focusing on their unique educational needs.  Current grantees are working on a wide range of strategies including improving native
language instruction, summer programming, expanding high performing schools to reach more students, and ensuring Native youth are college and career ready.

By continuing Native Youth Community Projects and increasing funding, Congress can address the educational needs of Native American youth. If you have any questions or would like to join me in this request please contact Cristina Villa at Cristina.Villa@mail.house.gov.

 

Sincerely,

 

/s

Raúl M. Grijalva

Member of Congress

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The Honorable Tom Cole                                                        The Honorable Rosa DeLauro

Chairman                                                                                 Ranking Member

Subcommittee on Labor, Health and                                      Subcommittee on Labor, Health and

Human Services, and Education                                             Human Services, and Education

House Committee on Appropriations                                     House Committee on Appropriations

Washington, D.C. 20515                                                        Washington, D.C. 20515

 

Dear Chairman Cole and Ranking Member DeLauro:

I write to respectfully request that you continue funding for Native Youth Community Projects (NYCP), which is funded within the Labor, Health, and Human Services, and Education appropriations bill, and include the $30 million increase previously requested
in Fiscal Year 2017 for Fiscal Year 2018. This funding will support community driven strategies to improve the college and career readiness of Native American youth by focusing on their unique educational needs. Current grantees are working on a wide range
of strategies including improving native language instruction, summer programming, expanding high performing schools to reach more students, and ensuring Native youth are college and career ready.

The funding would support larger grants needed to fund more comprehensive interventions involving a broader continuum of services in high-need communities.  It would help to address the unmet needs demonstrated in part by the educational outcomes of this
population.  While our nation’s high school graduation rate is now at a record high 82 percent, Native American and Native Alaskan students have a dropout rate twice the national average.  This is the highest dropout rate of any U.S. demographic group with
three out of every ten Native students dropping out of high school in both reservations and cities. Native American students also lack equitable access to rigorous courses in science, technology, engineering, and math necessary to succeed in college and careers.
Fewer than half of Native high school students have access to the full range of math and science courses in their school, compared to 71 percent of white students.

We appreciate your consideration of this request and strongly urge the Committee to provide increased funding for NYCP programs to support the educational needs of Native American youth.

 

Sincerely,

 

 

 

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Raúl M. Grijalva

Member of Congress