June 26, 2009

Gillibrand Announces Key Senate Panel Approves $100,000 To Strengthen Guidance for NYC Youth in Juvenile Justice System

Federal Dollars Will Give Boys Town New York Needed Resources to Help Get More

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced that the Senate Appropriations Committee approved $100,000 for Boys Town New York in the FY10 Commerce, Justice and Science Appropriations Bill, which will be used to expand its Brooklyn and Bronx programs for at-risk boys and girls in the juvenile justice system, as well as their families. Senator Gillibrand aggressively lobbied members of the Appropriations Committee to include funding for the project in this year's spending bill.

"All New York children must have the opportunity to grow up in safe neighborhoods with the support they need," Senator Gillibrand said. "This federal investment will help give Boys Town New York the resources they need to help New York kids going through the juvenile justice system receive the guidance and support to get on a path to a bright future. I pledge to always be a voice for our young people, and work to make sure they have every opportunity to succeed."

Boys Town New York is a non-profit organization that works to help New York City kids get the care and guidance they need for a bright future, including health care, educational opportunities, housing and family support services. Last year, over 30,000 New York children received help through Boys Town New York's integrated sources of youth care services, including 444 in the Treatment Family Services, Intervention and Assessment Services, and In-Home Family Services.

Boys Town New York will use the $100,000 federal investment to expand its Treatment Family Home program and its In-Home Family Services program in Brooklyn and the Bronx to serve more at-risk girls and boys who are in the juvenile justice system, as well as their families.

Late yesterday, the Appropriations Bill for Commerce, Justice and Science passed the full committee. The legislation will head to the floor for a full vote before the Senate. The bill will then proceed to the House-Senate Conference Committee, before final passage in both chambers, and sent to the President to become law.