On May 10, 2016, the San Joaquin Children’s Alliance and other local community members & stakeholders offered public comment at a local Board of Supervisors meeting regarding the community’s request to create a local children’s task-force who will focus on creating and advocating for long-term revenue streams that will fund prevention and early intervention programs for youth in San Joaquin County. Specifically, this stream of funding will focus on keeping youth out of poverty and enrolled in schools. The children’s task force is intended to complement the “Resolution of Commitment to the Children and Youth of San Joaquin” that the Board of Supervisors passed in March 2016; community members, business leaders, elected officials and other local change-makers will be able to contribute to this conversation and discuss the creation of sustainable funding in order to implement an increased amount of prevention programs in our county. The San Joaquin Children’s Alliance urged the Board of Supervisors to earmark 7% of the county’s new revenue streams for the 2016-17 fiscal year and to allocate the dollars to poverty prevention programs serving children. If approved the alliance estimates that nearly $10 million in growth money would be accumulated over the next 4 years for these programs.
The San Joaquin Children’s Alliance is eternally grateful to all of our partners and allies in the community who showed up to express support for this initiative and who spoke up on the reasons why NOW is the best time to invest in #OurFuture!