Youth PROMISE Action
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The Peace Alliance
The Peace Alliance
  Student Peace Alliance
Student Peace Alliance
 

The Legislation

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KEY ELEMENTS

Funds Evidence-Based Violence Prevention & Intervention Practices.

Empowers Local Control and Community Oversight.

Will Reduce Crime and Save Taxpayer Money.

Creates Accountability by Linking Funding to Measurable Success.

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The Youth PROMISE Act as proposed in the House and Senate is a breakthrough piece of legislation that will implement and fund evidence-based practices related to juvenile justice and criminal gang activity. It will work to interrupt the cradle to prison pipeline that is far too common today by supporting proven prevention and intervention strategies. The act will both encourage and require leadership and oversight of these programs through community-based committees. Research shows that evidenced-based prevention programs for at-risk youth greatly reduce crime and save much more than they cost. And most importantly, these programs also save lives.

The Youth PROMISE Act will:

  • Fund, implement and evaluate evidence-based, locally controlled youth and gang violence prevention and intervention practices.
  • Hold communities accountable by linking funding to measurable success and requiring that at least 85% of funding be spent directly on programs.
  • Create a PROMISE Advisory Panel of state representatives to aid in assessing community needs and resources, developing and enforcing program evaluation standards and overseeing implementation.
  • Engage a wide range of community stakeholders to serve on local PROMISE Coordinating Councils, which will develop and implement custom PROMISE Plans for their communities. The Councils will include:
    • Community and Faith-Based Groups
    • Schools, Parents and Youth
    • Courts and Law Enforcement
    • Health Providers and Social Services
    • Nonprofit Organizations and Other Stakeholders
  • Build on local strengths by partnering with colleges and universities as regional research partners.
  • Establish a National Research Center for Proven Juvenile Justice Practices.
  • Create a new purpose area for the Byrne Criminal Justice Innovation Grant.
     

More About the Bill

Learn more about the Youth PROMISE Act through the Bill Summary and our Overview and Need flyer.  Make sure to check if your Representatives or Senators are currently signed on!

While both the House and Senate versions of the bill are very similar, one difference is that the Senate version calls for allowing funding from Byrne Criminal Justice Innovation Grants.

Endorsements

The Youth PROMISE Act Coalition currently has over 250 members from across the country, including several influential individuals and local governments.  Also be sure to check out some of the great press the legislation has received.

Resources

Learning to speak persuasively about a piece of legislation requires two things: passion and knowledge.  Read up on the Youth PROMISE Act with the Bill Summary and Overview and Need.  Practice some Youth PROMISE Act talking points and look over our short speeches you can share with your friends about the legislation.