Stop budget cuts for youth programs

Governor Paterson’s proposed cuts to after-school programs will eliminate free access to programs for at least 10,000 children, and over 2,500 jobs in the youth development field may be lost.The future of the nation depends on the support to its youth.

We urge New York State to restore funding for all after-school programs.


Directions for Our Youth works in the most troubled schools, in the most distressed neighborhoods to help those students most in need. Our goal is to provide leadership and inspiration through workshops, mentors, college visits, the arts and recreation. Directions focuses on community development and youth empowerment. We adhere to the principles of equality, fair play and cooperation. Our work is a part of a tradition begun by the settlement house movement, informed by the civil rights movement and expanded by a commitment to global citizenship.


Directions for Our Youth


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