On October 17, the YLNI Board of Directors sent a letter to Fort Wayne City Council members in support of maintaining funding Fort Wayne UNITED.
Dear Members of Fort Wayne City Council,
Young Leaders of Northeast Indiana writes in support of maintaining funding for Fort Wayne UNITED in the 2018 City of Fort Wayne budget.
YLNI strongly believes Fort Wayne UNITED serves as an important initiative to our community’s efforts to enhance opportunities, advance youth advocacy, and help create a safer city for everyone, especially for black men and boys. This combination aligns with YLNI’s mission in attracting, developing, and retaining emerging leaders.
YLNI advocates for and has taken action to support diversity and inclusion in our community. We hosted a “My City Summit” to speak specifically about this matter and launched a diversity and inclusion pledge that has been signed by over 50 community and business leaders, including leaders from Fort Wayne UNITED.
We applaud the efforts of Fort Wayne UNITED Director Iric Headley and his passionate group of volunteers for providing hope for youth in Fort Wayne. We hope their efforts can continue well into the future.
In closing, YLNI appreciates City Council for being good stewards of taxpayers money by reviewing the budget and implementing programs to advance our city and region forward.
Thank you for your time and consideration in this matter.
YLNI Board of Directors