Tuesday, November 15, 2005

U.S. House Passes Ford's Youth Development Act

Today, the United States House of Representatives passed the Federal Youth Development Act, a bipartisan bill that Congressman Harold Ford, Jr. helped introduce last February. The bill would establish a federal council to improve coordination of federal and state programs serving youth and to provide grants to promote local youth programs. In a statement, Congressman Ford said:

"I am proud of this bipartisan effort to focus our energies on building up the future of our nation's children. Too often, the efforts of state and local programs have been hampered due to a lack of coordination at the federal level. With the help of this bill, youth programs in Tennessee and across the country will have access to a single point of contact at the federal level for grants and leadership, allowing them to reach their full potential and effectively serve America's youth."