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Tell Congress to Resume Job Corps Student Enrollment!

Write to:
Sen. Dianne Feinstein
331 Hart Senate Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20510
Sen. Barbara Boxer
112 Hart Senate Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20510
Rep. Nancy Pelosi
235 Cannon HOB
Washington, D.C. 20515
Rep. Barbara Lee
2267 Rayburn HOB
Washington, DC 20515
Sample letter:
Dear Congresswoman Pelosi/Lee or Senator Boxer/Feinstein:
I am a (job title) at Treasure Island Job Corps and I want to make you aware of what the is happening at the number one Job Corps Center in the nation and is in fact happening at all of the Job Corps across our nation. The Department of Labor has, as a cost saving measure, decided to stop accepting new trainees into all Job Corps until next June or July. They have further decreed that no current Job Corps Trainee will be allowed to continue their studies either in an advanced trade or to go to community college.
By forcing us to close our door to hundreds if not thousands of economically deprived youth we are condemning them to a nowhere future I believe that this cost cutting measure is both penny wise and pound-foolish. The funding for Job Corps provides so much for our voting young adults.  Over the years we have educated and trained thousands of economically deprived young adults; we have in most cases helped these young people to turn their lives around; we have improve their chances to become fully functional, tax paying United States Citizens.  Because of the DOL decision we are now being forced to close our doors for the next five or six month. I believe that this will have a deleterious effect on a great many of our young adults; some will have nowhere to stay, as their home life is less than secure, others will get into trouble because they do not learn in a traditional high school. None will have a safe place to learn a trade or get an education. Many will just give up and continue the family tradition of not working.
When our trainees come to us for education and training they sign a contract that said that they could get a high school diploma or a GED. We said that we would teach them a trade and if they followed the rules and did very well we would give them advanced training or would help them attain an AA. For those young adults who are already in Job Corps, we will have broken that contract with them.
We have two Job Corps graduations, and one high school graduations a year. These are very moving ceremonies. For a great many of these families, this is the first time anyone in their family has earned a high school diploma or an AA diploma. Many have never had anyone in their family have a certified trade or have had a job to go to.  This is a time of pride for us as a staff and for the trainees and their families. It should be a time of pride for the Congress as well, as they have sponsored a very useful and functioning program.
I am asking you to look into the DOL’s decision and to fully fund the Job Corps program, to not allow them to close our doors for the next six months. Please help us understand what is going to happen to us. But most importantly, let us keep doing what we do so well! Let us train the next generation of workers.