December 10, 2009

Gillibrand: Congress Set To Approve $100,000 To Strengthen Guidance For Brooklyn, Bronx Youth In Juvenile Justice System

Federal Dollars Will Give Boys Town New York Needed Resources to Help Get More NYC Kids in Juvenile Justice System on Path for Bright Future

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced that Congress is set to give final approval for $100,000 to Boys Town New York. Funding 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.

The House and Senate have each passed their version of the appropriations bill, and today Senator Gillibrand announced that the funding was included in the final, combined version.