Coalition advocates for investments in child and youth services and the environment

April 18, 2024

On February 22nd, 2024, Youth Forward released a letter to Governor Newsom and legislative leaders advocating for ongoing investments from state cannabis tax revenues in child and youth services and environmental repair. In developing this letter, Youth Forward partnered with leading environmental organizations. Currently the State invests cannabis tax revenue […]

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Recommendations on early childhood for the Sacramento Children’s Fund

February 9, 2024

On February 1st, 2024, leaders in the field of early childhood presented recommendations to the Planning and Oversight Commission of the Sacramento Children’s Fund. The Oversight Commission has the task of developing a 5 year strategic plan for the Fund based on 5 goals, one of which is early childhood. […]

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Intoxicating hemp in Sacramento

February 9, 2024

On February 5th, 2024, the Youth Forward staff presented to the Law and Legislation Committee of the Sacramento City Council regarding the growing problem of youth substance use and intoxicating hemp products. Throughout Sacramento, corner stores, vape shops and even some gas stations are selling highly intoxicating hemp edibles, often […]

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New report with recommendations on the Sacramento Children’s Fund

December 11, 2023

In August of 2023, Youth Forward and Councilmember Mai Vang held a Youth Policy Convening at Luther Burbank High School that was attended by over 70 child advocates and policy experts. We were joined by city and county staff, the Mayor, Councilmember Rick Jennings, and youth leaders. Based on the […]

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New report on cannabis tax revenue and cities in Los Angeles County

May 26, 2023

In March of 2023, Catalyst California and Youth Forward released a new report on how 9 cities in Los Angeles County are spending their local cannabis tax revenue. This report is one part of Youth Forward’s larger effort to raise awareness about how cities are using cannabis tax revenue and […]

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New Report on the Prop 64 Public Health and Safety Grant Program

December 6, 2021

Prop 64 allocated a portion of state cannabis tax revenues to the Board of State and Community Corrections (BSCC) to administer a grant program designed to mitigate the impacts of cannabis legalization on local communities. Since 2019, BSCC has awarded over $31 million to local governments through the Prop 64 […]

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Cannabis Advertising Targeted at Kids

September 1, 2021

In September of this year (2021), Youth Forward and the Getting It Right from the Start Project at the Public Health Institute led a campaign to persuade Governor Newsom to veto a bill (AB 1302) that would have allowed cannabis billboards on interstate highways. We took this on out of concern for […]

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Research on Youth Development Amidst COVID-19

March 21, 2021

Last week, Youth Forward released a report on how the youth development has been adapting its policies and practices in response the COVID-19 pandemic. The report is based on surveys and interviews with youth-serving organizations that are part of the Prop 64 grant programs managed by the Governor’s Office of […]

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Cannabis, Equity, and Racial Justice Virtual Webinars

February 9, 2021

Over the last month, we have hosted eight virtual convenings about Proposition 64 cannabis implementation and the movement to repair the harm caused by the War on Drugs by centering racial justice, equity, and healing. Our partners at Alliance for Boys and Men of Color and California Urban Partnership helped […]

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Recommendations to School Leaders

September 30, 2020

In the summer of 2020, Youth Forward staff interviewed 20 local high school students to get their thoughts on how Sacramento County schools should respond to youth needs during the pandemic. Youth expressed numerous concerns and generated ideas on how schools could support youth mental health and overall well-being given […]

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A Tale of Two Cities: The Campaign for a Sacramento Children’s Fund

February 1, 2020

In this paper, Jim Keddy analyzes the recent effort by Sac Kids First to create a children’s fund in the city budget of Sacramento. On March 3rd, 2020, 54% of Sacramento voters rejected Measure G, a policy which would have created a stable funding source for youth services in the city of Sacramento. A […]

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California philanthropy and the new reality of legal weed

February 1, 2019

Marijuana policy has numerous aspects that touch upon racial and health equity. In 2017m Jim Keddy authored a short paper that outlines many of these issues and that provides recommendations to philanthropy on how to approach this complex policy area.

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