MN Alliance DEED Budget Conference Committee Outreach

Please email the members of the Minnesota House and Senate Jobs Conference Committee to state your support for the Minnesota Alliance of Boys & Girls Clubs direct appropriation in the DEED budget. 

Instructions:
  1. Highlight the House or Senate message on this page and select copy

  2. Click on the link of each committee member

  3. Your email will open up

  4. Paste the message in your email

  5. Enter the last name of the committee member you are sending to in the greeting

  6. Send

  7. Repeat for each committee member

Questions: Contact Bryan Donaldson

bdonaldson@bgca.org     612.242.8868

House Members

Dear Representative,

Congratulations on being named to the Omnibus Job & Energy conference committee! As you may know, the Minnesota Alliance of Boys & Girls Clubs has been working for several years on workforce development with youth in our clubs. Our clubs have been leading the charge to make sure our students, especially those students of color, have the skills necessary to be career ready upon graduation.

In 2018, the Alliance successfully worked with DEED to engage youth in workforce development and STEM programs. These programs have been funded by a grant through DEED that has been appropriated by the legislature in the Jobs bills. The statistics below reflect the success of the grant our organization receives from DEED:

  • At sites across the state, Boys & Girls Clubs served more than 4,352 youth through the grant. This is more than the requirement.

  • 43% of all Club youth participated in Club programs at least once per week over the last 12 month period

  • Clubs were open an average 246 days during the last 12 months – assuring that youth had a safe place to go with positive and productive programs and activities.

  • A total of 565 youth, over 51% of Job Ready participants, obtained a position.

  • 63% of Club members participated in a career exploration program at the Club

  • 96% of Club youth are on grade level for their age with 94% expecting to graduate on time

  • Investing in Clubs yields at $12.60 return-on-investment for each dollar.

  • Beyond the grant, Boys & Girls Clubs in Minnesota serve more than 47,000 youth each year with programming, safe spaces, healthy food, and mentorship.

 

Our outcomes show that we can be an effective partner with the state and align our shared goal to help close the skills gap to ensure that students from all backgrounds have meaningful employment opportunities and are ready for the challenges of our future economy.

Currently, the Senate version of the Jobs bill includes $750,000 for a workforce development grant from DEED – a grant appropriation our organization has received since 2013 with bipartisan support. We respectfully request that you adopt this Senate provision as part of the final Jobs omnibus bill conference committee report.

We appreciate the work that Representative Jay Xiong of St. Paul has done this session introducing House File 1088 that included a $1.25 million annual workforce development grant from DEED for the Minnesota Alliance of Boys & Girls Clubs. This is an increase from our current $750,000 annual DEED grant and we believe these additional dollars will help us serve more students, especially those children from minority communities.

While we certainly understand the budget constraints that your conference committee is under, we also hope that you will consider increasing the DEED grant amount from $750,000 to $1.25 million – mirroring Representative Jay Xiong’s legislation – if the joint target number (once it is assigned) for your conference committee provides an increase in the budget for the Jobs & Energy conference committee report.

Thank you for your work and service to our state. Please feel free to contact us with any questions you may have! We wish you the best in the final weeks of the 2019 Legislative Session!

 

Sincerely,

Senate Members

Dear Senator,

 

Congratulations on being named to the Omnibus Job & Energy conference committee! We want to thank you for including funding for the Boys & Girls Club in the Senate Jobs bill. Our statewide organization is extremely grateful for the funding in the Senate Jobs bill for our workforce development programs at $750,000 per year. Over the past many years with the help of bipartisan support at the Capitol, we have been able to be an effective partner with the state to help close the skills gap to ensure that students from all backgrounds have meaningful employment opportunities and are ready for the challenges of our future economy.

 

If the joint target number (once it is assigned) for your conference committee provides an increase in the budget for the Jobs & Energy conference committee report, we hope that members of the conference committee will consider an additional investment into career skills and your workforce development at $1.25 million per year. This figure reflects the amount in legislation (Senate File 916) carried by Senator Eichorn. We know that we have the ability to have an even greater impact in your communities and others throughout the state with additional investment.

 

Additionally, because this direct appropriation through DEED is not included in the House version of the Jobs bill, we hope that the conference committee report will retain the Senate position of a direct appropriation for our workforce development programs. We believe this will allow us to continue our work with at-risk youth and budget for it with certainty.

 

Thank you for your work and service to our state. Please feel free to contact us with any questions you may have! We wish you the best in the final weeks of the 2019 Legislative Session!

 

 

Sincerely,

Minnesota Alliance of Boys & Girls Clubs

A 501(c)4 Non-Profit Subsidiary of Boys & Girls Clubs of America

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