In this analysis of the proposed 2013-14 City budget, The Children’s Agenda finds that the Mayor proposes a budget for the City of Rochester that spares children and youth any negative impact. Despite needing to close a projected budget gap of $42.7 million, the budget includes new investments in after-school programming and youth employment strategies. These are positive steps toward halting a decade-long decline in overall funding for City programs that directly touch the lives of Rochester’s children. Additionally, we note in this analysis the City’s investment in capital expenditures important for children and youth including play apparatus, parks and ball fields, and Dept. of Recreation and Youth Services (DRYS) facilities.
The Children’s Agenda advocates for effective policies and drives evidenced-based solutions for the health, education and success of children. We are especially committed to children who are vulnerable because of poverty, racism, health inequities and trauma.