An independent CYITC
From our friends at the Alliance of Youth Advocates.
CRITICAL INFORMATION ABOUT The DC Children and Youth Investment Trust Corporation
Last evening, Mike Debonis broke the story that Councilmember Jim Graham (Ward 1) has requested an appointment to a non-voting position on the Children Youth Investment Trust Corporation’s Board of Directors. The full article can be found http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/mike-debonis/wp/2013/01/17/jim-graham-seeks-appointment-to-youth-trust-board/.
The appointment of a sitting Councilmember, particularly one who also chairs the Committee responsible for the oversight of CYITC, sends the wrong signal. In the last two years, community feedback, advocacy testimony, and the foundation and philanthropic sector have consistently told the Council that if CYITC is to be fully functional and raise private funding, the leadership of the Trust must be separate and distinct from Council influence. This is the only way to minimize opportunities for political manipulation or abuse; and to ensure transparent, unbiased oversight of the CYITC.
Chairman Mendelson needs to hear the community’s feedback and concerns about the signal this appointment will send AS SOON AS POSSIBLE. There is the chance the Chairman could make the appointment as early as Tuesday, January 22nd.
We STRONGLY encouraging our members and allies to reach out to Chairman Mendelson’s office TODAY and voice your concerns about this appointment. If we each make one call, and ask one other person in our network to do the same, we can send over 1200 messages to the Chairman by close of business today and ensure that the stability achieved in CYITC over the last year is sustained, and this important part of DC’s youth development sector is given the chance to fully meet its mission in the years to come.
Chairman Mendelson’s Contact Information
Chairman Mendelson: firstname.lastname@example.org or 202-724-8032
Brian Moore (Committee Clerk Facilitating the appointment process): email@example.com or 202-724-7758
Please contact Maggie Riden at DC AYA, firstname.lastname@example.org, with any questions related to this issue. And, let us know via Twitter @dcaya and @defeatpovertydc if you make a call or send an email.
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