Last week, the National Network for Youth (NN4Y) was honored to be invited to a White House roundtable discussion with the Biden-Harris administration on youth employment provision in the Build Back Better Plan. Cedric Richmond, Senior Advisor to President Biden, hosted this conversation with eleven youth-focused organizations. NN4Y highlighted the following policies as critical to include in a youth-centric recovery investment:
- The Connecting Youth to Jobs Act of 2021: Makes a significant investment ($40 billion) in youth employment opportunities with a $15 minimum wage targeted to youth of color, out-of-school youth, youth experiencing homelessness, low-income youth, youth impacted by the criminal justice system, foster youth, and pregnant or parenting youth.
- The Affordable Housing Credit Improvement Act (AHCIA) of 2021: Improves the Housing Credit student rule provision to allow formerly homeless youth and victims of human trafficking to be eligible for affordable housing built using the Low Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC) and be full-time students–which current law prohibits.
We look forward to working with the White House to advance policies that make significant investments in our youth. NN4Y applauds the Biden-Harris administration for valuing the input and expertise of young people with lived experience in the policies they are developing.