Sending Office: Honorable Stephen Knight
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        Request for Cosponsor(s)

Deadline: Friday, March 16

Dear Colleague:

We invite you to join us in requesting funding for programs that provide education, training, national service, support services and employment opportunities to 16- to 24-year-olds who are not in school or work (Opportunity Youth) in the Fiscal Year 2019
(FY19) Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education Appropriations Bill.
The deadline for cosigners is COB Friday, March 16.

Across the United States, more than 4.9 million 16- to 24-year-olds can be described as Opportunity Youth. Federally funded programs that help Opportunity Youth gain the skills, tools and networks needed to reach their potential consistently demonstrate
positive impact. These young people provide a vital source of local talent to help local businesses thrive, often outperforming young people from more traditional backgrounds.  Programs helping Opportunity Youth reach their potential more than pay for themselves
by improving the futures of young people, families and communities; reducing persistent poverty; increasing civic engagement; and improving health, education and career outcomes.

Yet these highly effective programs lack the resources to meet the demand.  Every day, they are forced to turn away young people seeking a way to get the skills and opportunities necessary to support themselves and their families. I hope you will join me
in supporting funding that will move us closer toward the goal of allowing effective programs to unleash the limitless potential of one million Opportunity Youth a year.

If you would like to sign on or you have any questions, please contact Adam Brooks in Rep. Knight’s office (, x51236) or Andrew Noh in Rep. Gomez’s office.



Rep. Steve Knight                                                                  Rep. Jimmy Gomez
Member of Congress                                                               Member of Congress