What is this statement about?
Spearheaded by our partners at Innovate Public Schools, this statement urges Governor Gavin Newsom to ensure every student across California has the high quality expanded learning opportunities and tutoring support they need to recover and thrive.
The Governor’s 2022 budget proposal to dedicates a total of $4.4 billion to the Expanded Learning Opportunities Program – an historic investment. However, we are concerned that this massive investment in public funding may not result in tangible, real changes for California families, especially those most impacted by the pandemic, and will instead be used to fill gaps in district budgets. This will create more cynicism about the state’s ability to solve problems and steward tax dollars effectively. California families have a right not only to know how these vital funds are being used by districts to support their kids but also to be engaged in decision-making with districts to have a voice in how funds should be spent.
How does it align with yli’s values?
yli serves thousands of young people across the state, the vast majority from low-income communities and communities of color. We know first-hand how deeply the pandemic impacted these youth – and we responded by adapting many of our programs to meet the basic needs of these youth and their families as they struggled to keep jobs, pay rent, keep up with schooling, maintain their mental health and put food on the table. They deserve the best we have to offer as the aftermath of the pandemic continues to affect them.
At yli, youth have identified Education Justice as one of their key issues, and we stand with them to ensure that education is equitable across California.
What is yli doing about it?
We have just signed this letter of endorsement, and we are voicing our support on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.
Who else supports this request?
- Alliance for a Better Community
- Boys & Girls Club of the Peninsula
- California School Age Consortium (CalSAC)
- Camp Unity Polynesian Summer Enrichment Program
- Communities in Schools Los Angeles
- Diversity in Leadership Institute
- The Education Trust–West
- Homework Central
- KIPP Northern California
- Our Turn
- Our Voice: Communities for Quality Education
- Pacific Islander Community Partnership
- Para Los Niños
- Parent Institute for Quality Education (PIQE)
- Parent Organization Network (PON)
- Peninsula Conflict Resolution Center
- Peninsula Family Service
- Redwood City-Police Activities League (PAL)
- Silicon Valley Urban Debate League
- Southeast Community Foundation (SCF)
- Southeast Community Development Corporation (SCDC)
- Southeast Los Angeles (SELA) Collaborative
- Thrive, The Alliance of Nonprofits for San Mateo County
- United Parents & Students (UPAS)