The YMCA hosted a press conference on Thursday, October 27 for community leaders to speak up in support of after school programs - specifically Teen Reach.
The State of Illinois cut Teen Reach funds from the budget in 2015. The Y had to cut the program when funds were no longer available leaving local students and families without support.
The Illinois Statewide Afterschool Coalition, ACT Now, and Fight Crime Illinois brought together community leaders Rep. Litesa Wallace, Winnebago County Sheriff Gary Caruana, Winnebago County State’s Attorney Joe Bruscato, Senator Steve Stadelman and Mike Brown, President and CEO of the YMCA of Rock River Valley for a press conference about the importance of Teen REACH at the Y. The stopgap funding bill passed in July did contain funds for Teen REACH for the current fiscal year (2017). Programs around the state, including the Y, await word from the state about their applications for funding to restart their programs. The community leaders gathered to celebrate the re-opening of the Teen REACH program, detail why after school programs are so important, and to urge a budget resolution that includes continued support for this critical program.
Read the Rockford Register Star article online here
Pictured above: Mike Brown, Sen. Steve Stadelman, Rep. Litesa Wallace, Susan Stanton of ACT Now, Winnebago County State’s Attorney Joe Bruscato and Winnebago County Sheriff Gary Caruana.