The RAISE UP Act (S. 1608/H.R. 3982) was introduced in Congress this week to help communities build a cross-systems approach to reengage and support millions of youth who are being left behind. Senators Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), Sherrod Brown (D-OH), and Al Franken (D-MN) introduced the RAISE UP Act in the Senate, while Representative Dale Kildee (D-MI) introduced the bill in the House.
RAISE UP would be administered by the Department of Labor and serves youth ages 16-24 who have left secondary school without receiving a high school diploma, youth in foster care and those aging out of care, runaway and homeless youth, formerly incarcerated and court-involved youth, pregnant and parenting teens, and young people with disabilities. Funding would be given to communities most in need and provides them with resources to help youth realize their full potential.
Community partnerships are encouraged in the legislation. These would include representatives from child welfare systems; local government (i.e., elected officials, such as mayors and chief municipal officers); local educational agencies; workforce, juvenile justice, criminal justice, housing and mental health agencies; postsecondary educational institutions; community-based organizations; parent groups; and young people.