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Agenda for
California’s Youth

Legislative & Policy Priorities

Ensure Sufficient Funding for California’s State Afterschool Programs (ASES and ELO-P)

  • Local Educational Agencies (LEAs) with less than 75% of qualifying students saw the per-child allocation for the afterschool Expanded Learning Opportunities Program (ELO-P) reduced in 2023-2024. Many districts receive no ASES funding and ELO-P is the only resource they have for afterschool programs, so this year’s decreased rates + wage increases have caused afterschool providers like Boys & Girls Clubs to operate at a deficit.
  • The goal of universal afterschool is important, yet ELO-P is not yet fully funded; the state has allocated ~$4 billion to a $5 billion program.
  • This shortage of funding undermines the ability to provide safe, enriching experiences to all qualifying children and their families during the afterschool hours.

Allocate Some of California Opioid Settlement Fund to Youth Prevention Programs: AB 2810

  • In 2023 alone, California’s Attorney General secured commitments of up to $2 billion in opioid settlement funding. 85% of the funding from California’s opioid settlements will go to counties for treatment programs, but 15% will be disbursed at the state level.
  • AB 2810 would allocate a percentage of the state’s portion of opioid settlement funding to grants that support evidence-informed youth prevention programs.