LA’S YOUTH NEED INVESTMENT NOW!
LA’s youth need investment now! Many of LA’s young people are considered disconnected (68k+ of them!) – meaning they are neither enrolled in school nor working -- placing them in vulnerable positions facing displacement from the city, incarceration, and at risk of becoming homeless. The City has the resources to provide positive opportunities and help young people live up to their potential, however the City’s spending on this has been minimal - a mere $60.3 million in 2017-18. Conversely, in the same year, Los Angeles spent $131 million on police overtime. Investing in young people is a proven quality of life strategy that is prioritized in other cities across the country, but not in Los Angeles. In addition to spending gaps, LA’s youth are failed by a lack of coordinated services. We are one of the only major U.S. cities that does not have a dedicated department focused on serving the needs of young people. Los Angeles has an Animal Services Department but no Youth Development Department. Our young people deserve better!
INVEST IN YOUTH COALITION
The Invest in Youth Coalition is advocating for not simply any investment, but we demand an equitableinvestment -- one where every community will receive specific investments based on factors like poverty, education, and the existing nonprofit services.
A single department at the city level would allow for Los Angeles to invest in its youth by: