National One Heart for Kids Campaign
to Educate Public About Needs of Youth, While Raising Money,
Volunteers for Under funded Programs.
One Heart for Kids, a new
national campaign by Streetcats Foundation to educate the public about
un met youth needs and raise funds, garner volunteers for important but
under funded childrens' organizations across the U.S.
Oakland/Berkeley, CA, April 22, 2003, ....Decrieing the 'appalling
lack' of youth services throughout California and the rest of the nation
and the inadequate funding of grassroots youth groups that are daily in
the trenches helping children, youth and families, a new national
initiative, called “ONE HEART FOR KIDS”, has been launched by
Streetcats Foundation for Youth, Bay-Area based National Childrens
Coalition and Teen-Anon.
Noel Paul Stookey of Peter, Paul and Mary will do a benefit concert for
One Heart and Streetcats in the SF Bay Area this July.
For a number of years,' even in good times and even since Columbine,
smaller but vital youth services have been under funded or curtailed or
taken a back seat to other kinds of programs,' according to Streetcats
Executive Director Don Fass and several San Francisco Bay-Area social
activists. 'It is getting worse and worse in the recession and sure to
get more dire still as a prolonged war goes on with Iraq, with a down
payment of $80 Billion is and massive additional amounts on the War on
Terrorism." Funders keep funding big programs, many of which are
ineffective or bloated and ‘top-down and not very responsive. Even
large churches and synagogues that preach ’getting out of the comfort
zone and increasing urban and youth ministry’ continue to do almost
nothing except fund a few other organizations outside their congregation
are contributing to the problem, as is government 'Our children and
generations to come are suffering and 'true security lies with our
youth. Instead, a false sense of security is being propped up by
Homeland Security, and by the war on Iraq. Children are again being
frightened as well. If America's children are left in the trenches, the
consequences will be devastating, again. Where is our true priority?
A much more vibrant national concern has to be rooted in future
generations, namely your forgotten youth. What ever happens to them
always determines the future of any Nation."
Fass points to what he calls 'the lack of knowledge and/or true
concern among many funders giving out millions of dollars annually and
by faith congregations that are dealing with a tiny and often uninformed
portion of the problem and not convicting their members enough..
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