February 10th, 2020
In response to the White House’s budget request to Congress, MENTOR CEO David Shapiro said:
A budget is a reflection of our values. The White House’s Fiscal Year 2021 budget proposes deep cuts to investments in youth and families that are vital to their daily survival and healthy development: access to food, healthcare, housing, education, before- and after-school care, and access to the caring adult relationships provided through youth mentoring. We stand for making proven public investment in our youngest and most vulnerable a priority. We, along with a coalition of mission-driven partners serving millions of youth, demonstrate that our communities thrive when we invest in relationships, supports, opportunity and connection. It’s up to Congress and mentoring advocates nationwide to call for full investment in our collective present and future – our young people.