Sending Office: Honorable Val Butler Demings
Support STEAM Mentoring in Juvenile Delinquency Prevention
Deadline: COB Thursday, March 28th
Please join me in sending the attached letter to the Chair and Ranking Member of the CJS Appropriations Subcommittee, requesting that, of the total Fiscal Year 2020 funding for juvenile justice programs, the Department of Justice, Office of Juvenile Justice
Prevention Programs (OJJPP) be required to use at least $4 million for a competitively-awarded, multi-state demonstration project that combines youth mentoring with interactive activities related to Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Mathematics (STEAM)
One-on-one mentoring programs are a tested and proven prevention and intervention strategy for aiding youth who are at risk of educational failure, dropping out of school, or involvement in delinquent activities. Additionally, studies have shown children
who engage in scientific activities at an early age develop positive attitudes toward science, and are more likely to pursue Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Mathematics (STEAM) expertise and careers.
Within overall funding for Juvenile Justice programs in Fiscal Year 2017, Congress provided $14.5 million specifically for demonstration programs and technical assistance to carry them out. Congress has routinely identified specific activities or populations
for OJJPP to prioritize in its development of demonstration projects in a given year.
I invite all my colleagues to join me in requesting that the Appropriations Committee include funding for OJJPP to specifically conduct a STEAM mentoring juvenile delinquency prevention demonstration program in Fiscal Year 2020.
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Val Butler Demings Suzanne Bonamici
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