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U.S. Dream Academy Recognized for Their Important Work in Education

Rep. Fattah and Wintley Phipps with Science Leadership Academy Students.

The U.S. Dream Academy was excited to be recognized in new legislation recently introduced by Congressman Chaka Fattah (PA-02), who unveiled America’s FOCUS (Fund for Future Opportunities and Outcomes in the United States) Act, that directs billions of dollars towards programs that will improve health, education and development, and public safety outcomes for all Americans. The U.S. Dream Academy was recognized in the bill along with 13 other nonprofits and national groups doing great work in the youth mentoring and STEM fields. The legislation was introduced by Rep. Fattah at the Science Leadership Academy in Philadelphia during a press conference at which U.S. Dream Academy founder and President, Wintley Phipps, introduced Congressman Fattah.

Without using taxpayer money or increasing government spending, the bill will offer an opportunity to intentionally and significantly boost grant support to three areas that will increase the United States’ economic competitiveness: youth mentoring and STEM education; medical research and innovation; and justice reinvestment.

The specific goals of the America’s FOCUS (Fund for Future Opportunities and Outcomes in the United States) Act of 2013 legislation are to authorize the Secretary of the Treasury to deposit all fines, penalties, and settlements into a special fund called the America’s FOCUS Fund, including;

  • Reserves 33% of revenue in the America’s FOCUS Fund for investments in each of the following areas: STEM education and youth mentoring; justice reinvestment efforts; and innovations in medical research and development.
  • Uses the remaining revenue to reduce the national debt.

Through these investments, the United States will ensure that our young people receive the skills and development they need to compete on the international stage and succeed in American public life, that our citizens live longer, more productive lives, and that our communities are safer through cost-effective, evidence-based criminal justice reform efforts.

For more information about the U.S. Dream Academy, visit www.usdreamacademy.org.

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