Rep. Curbelo's Bill to Help At-Risk Youth Passes House
“The desire for our nation’s children to lead successful lives is a value that all Americans share. However, many of the most vulnerable youth believe they lack the resources needed to thrive in our society. Absence of hope may lead children in these situations to make poor decisions which can negatively affect their futures, and it’s important that we show these kids that they can succeed. The Supporting Youth Opportunity and Preventing Delinquency Act will give state and local leaders more flexibility to meet the specific needs of children in their communities. It prioritizes evidence-based strategies with proven track records to reduce juvenile delinquency and includes several measures to better understand the best ways to serve juveniles and implement the law.
I thank Ranking Member Scott, Chairman Kline, and our colleagues on both sides of the aisle for championing this bipartisan effort with me, and I look forward to its passage in the Senate,” said Curbelo.
Superintendent of Miami Dade County Public Schools: "As a community, our greatest collective concern is that of protecting the lives of children and giving them every opportunity to succeed," said Superintendent of Schools Alberto M. Carvalho. "Reauthorization of the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act strengthens the coordinated efforts between state and local leaders that help children, specifically at-risk youth and young offenders, develop life skills for their long-term success."