VIP Human Development Agenda
Valley Interfaith Project (VIP) believes that investments in human development are necessary for economic recovery. VIP is developing strategies on the following issues:
High-Skill, High-Wage Workforce Training Strategy: Arizona Career Pathways Initiative
- In 2010, with a start-up grant of $476,000 from the Dept. of Labor and the partnership of the Maricopa Community College District, VIP launched Arizona Career Pathways as a long-term, high-skill job training strategy for Metro Phoenix to address the dual need of employers to find skilled workers and for Phoenix families to enter into good jobs with benefits and a career path. Fifty students are currently enrolled in 2011 programs.
- VIP will seek additional funding to support Arizona Career Pathways into the future as a new non-profit corporation.
Affordable Health Care and Respite Care
- VIP successfully wrote and supported the 2007 Lifespan Respite Care Act that directed state funds and a federal matching grant to provide respite to family members who act as primary caregivers.
- In 2011, VIP leaders successfully advocated with AHCCCS to limit budget cuts to Respite Care. VIP will pursue a restoration of AHCCCS funding for vulnerable populations, including children and the mentally ill.
Stemming the Tide of Housing Foreclosures
- VIP will work with the AZ Department of Housing, local governments and other partners to press for real assistance to families with troubled mortgages, to stabilize affected families and neighborhoods.
- VIP will train neighborhood leaders in the skills of public engagement to work with police and city officials to address crime, neighborhood development and issues facing youth and the elderly in our neighborhoods.
Quality Education for Children and Youth
- A quality education, from preschool to college, is necessary if our children are to be successful citizens and workers in the 21st Century. VIP will work for greater investment in education, especially in our most vulnerable communities.
- VIP will continue the Alliance School Leadership Training Initiative, to increase the engagement of parents and community members in the education of our children.
- There is widespread agreement that the immigration system is broken. While VIP seeks a bipartisan, comprehensive federal solution to fix U.S. immigration policy, VIP will continue to stand against local nativist attacks on families.
- VIP supports the DREAM Act, which would allow immigrant children who grew up as Americans the chance to give back to America, the country they call home.