We believe that in order to truly affect change it is not enough to provide support and opportunities to youth and families on the ground, but also to advocate on their behalf. We fight for the policies and legislation that can open up opportunities systematically across the city. Good Shepherd Services is a leading voice in public policy discussions and within numerous coalitions. We are especially active at the city and state levels. Every year, our advocacy work translates into budgetary, legislative, policy, procurement, and programmatic changes that benefit the children, youth and families we serve.
In June 2014, we participated in the Clinton Global Initiative America meeting in the Reconnecting Youth Working Group, which focused on innovative approaches to connecting young people between the ages of 16 and 24 who are out of school and work, to education and the workforce.
Good Shepherd Services was invited to participate in the White House Summit on Working Families, which focused on setting an agenda for a 21st century workplace that works for all Americans. The event helped identify initiatives that benefit America’s working families, businesses and economy, and discuss issues facing the entire spectrum of working families.
We publish key position papers to ensure that City leadership is informed and attuned to the needs of communities in which we work. These include the Covenant for Success which was shared with the City Mayor and Deputy Mayor for Health and Human Services and was done in collaboration with The Clark Foundation, the United Way and other local funders and non-profit organizations.