Advocacy in Action

Tell Congress to Fund Access to Primary Prevention Programs

Investing in primary prevention for students helps lay the foundation for their safety, well-being, and learning. Prevention programs that include building essential life skills—like problem-solving, self-discipline, and effective communication—give all children and young people tools to be safe, well, and ready to learn.

Join us in urging your federal lawmakers to continue to prioritize access to primary prevention programs and supports for children and youth. As Congress engages in the appropriations process to determine funding for the next fiscal year, ask your representatives to continue or increase their investment in these key federal initiatives:

Department of Education

  • Title I: $20.5 billion
  • Title IV-A, Student Support and Academic Enrichment Grants: $1.4 billion
  • Title IV-F, School Safety National Activities (especially Project Prevent and School Climate Transformation Grants): $601 million

Department of Health and Human Services

  • Project AWARE (SAMHSA): $244 million
  • School Health (CDC): $90 million

We’ve provided a prewritten message, but it also helps lawmakers to hear your experiences. Consider personalizing your message with a few lines about why investing in primary prevention programs and building social-emotional skills matters to you.