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Two House leaders introduce human milk donor bank bill

(Jun 28, 2018)

HARRISBURG, June 28 – Two members of House leadership from different parties are working together on legislation to regulate and license donor human milk banks in Pennsylvania. Reps. Donna Oberlander, R-Clarion/Armstrong/Forest, and Rosita Youngblood, D-Phila., the respective caucus secretaries for House Republicans and Democrats, have introduced the Keystone Mothers’ Milk Bank Act ( H.B. 2516 ). Youngblood said, "The regulation of donor milk banks and their operation is necessary to ensure the safety of this precious commodity and its effective distribution to children in need. We recognize that a mother’s own milk is the optimal nutrition for newborn infants and is a public health goal for the delivery of food to all infants. However, many mothers face unique obstacles to producing enough milk for their own babies. When a mother’s own milk is not available, donor human milk can provide a life-saving health benefit for high-risk infants as a supplement or bridge when it is determined to be medically necessary and physician-prescribed." Oberlander said, "Donor milk is life-saving medicine for infants with very low birth weights less than four pounds, preventing the onset of serious gastrointestinal problems that can require surgery and entail thousands of dollars in medical costs. Without donor milk, these health issues can continue throughout that child’s life. Donor milk is also medically prescribed for children with heart Read more

 

Youngblood seeks applicants for college scholarship for young women

(Jun 11, 2018)

PHILADELPHIA, June 11 – State Rep. Rosita C. Youngblood, D-Phila., is seeking constituents interested in a $3,000 college scholarship for young women. As a member of the National Foundation for Women Legislators, Youngblood can nominate one or more young women to participate in NFWL's Annual Constitution Essay Scholarship Contest. The prize is a $3,000 college scholarship; an all-expense-paid trip to NFWL’s annual conference in Washington, D.C.; and an award that is presented at the event. To qualify, an applicant must be a: • Female U.S. citizen • High school junior (class of 2019) or senior (class of 2018) and • Planning to attend a college or university in the United States. Those interested should send an email to Youngblood's office by July 6 explaining why they should be nominated. Email can be sent to the office through the form at www.pahouse.com/youngblood/contact / Youngblood represents the 198th Legislative District in northwest Philadelphia. Constituents with questions about the program or any state-related issue can call her office at (215) 951-3394. ### Read more

 

Proposed increase could impact you

(Jun 08, 2018)

The Public Utility Commission has scheduled two public hearings regarding PECO Energy Company’s proposed rate increase. You can have an opportunity to voice your opinions and concerns about the proposed hike and the quality of the utility service. The public hearings will take place: 10 a.m. Thursday, June 14 at the Betsy Ross Conference Room, 801 Market St., 6th Floor, Philadelphia, 19107; 6 p.m. Thursday, June 14 at the Kingdom Life Christian Center, 6325 Frankford Ave., Philadelphia, 19135. If you wish to speak at either of these hearings, there will be a sign-up sheet available at both events. Read more

 

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(May 30, 2018)

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PHEAA Reminds Students of Approaching 2018-19 PA State Grant Application Deadline

(Apr 25, 2018)

The 2018-19 PA State Grant application filing deadline is Tuesday, May 1. This deadline applies to all renewal applicants and first-time applicants who plan to enroll in colleges, universities, or a college transfer program at 2-year public or private colleges (except community colleges and designated Pennsylvania Open Admission institutions). Additionally, unlike a student loan, a grant is gift aid which does not have to be repaid. To apply for a PA State Grant, applicants must first complete the 2018-19 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Applicants can access this form online by clicking here or here . In addition to completing the FAFSA, first-time applicants must also submit a completed PA State Grant Form. First-time applicants who submit the FAFSA online will be automatically redirected to the SGF by following the onscreen prompts on the confirmation page. First-time applicants who have already submitted their FAFSA but have not completed the SGF will receive an email directing them to PHEAA’s secure Account Access site for completion. Both applications are free to submit. First-time applicants who plan to enroll in a community college, business, trade, or technical school, a hospital school of nursing, a designated Pennsylvania Open Admission institution, or a non-transferable 2-year degree program at a community, 2-year or 4-year college have until Aug. 1, 2018 to complete their PA State Grant application. Students and families are Read more

 

Youngblood announces up to $1.16 million in tax credits for housing development, community center

(Apr 16, 2018)

PHILADELPHIA, April 16 – State Rep. Rosita C. Youngblood, D-Phila., today announced the approval of up to $1.16 million in tax credits to build 35 new low-income housing units and a community center. "I'm pleased the Pennsylvania Housing Finance Authority has approved these tax credits for the Nicole Hines Townhomes development on Wister and Rufe streets, including a community center. This is good news for meeting the housing needs in our communities," Youngblood said. The development is to be built in the 400 block of East Wister Street and at 5120 Rufe St. It will include 13 buildings plus the community center. The development will include 17 two-bedroom, 16 three-bedroom and 2 four-bedroom units. Seven of the units will be accessible, and 27 of the units will have a rental subsidy from the Philadelphia Housing Authority. ### Read more

 

Winter 2018 Newsletter

(Mar 13, 2018)

Winter 2018 newsletter Read more

 

PLBC scholarships available for students of color

(Mar 08, 2018)

Scholarships from the Pennsylvania Legislative Black Caucus are now available for high school seniors and first-year college students who will be enrolled in an accredited two- or four-year Pennsylvania college or university. The deadline to submit an application is Monday, April 30. Students applying for the $1,000 scholarships must be a minority student, have a minimum grade-point average of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale, reside in the legislative district of and be sponsored by a PLBC member, and demonstrate leadership qualities. A 500-word essay on the student’s academic plans and career goals also must be submitted. Only the first 250 applications submitted will be considered. To obtain an application and more details about the program, students can visit http://pahouse.com/PLBC/Scholarships . Read more

 

Youngblood Winter 2018 Newsletter

(Mar 01, 2018)

My latest newsletter has information about new state laws, state programs that may be of help to you and more. Read more

 

Youngblood lauds Wolf’s proposed increase for education, call for severance tax on drilling

(Feb 06, 2018)

HARRISBURG, Feb. 6 – State Rep. Rosita C. Youngblood, D-Phila., applauded today’s 2018-19 state budget proposal unveiled by Gov. Tom Wolf because of its continued commitment to education while expanding jobs and skills training and the renewed call for a severance tax on natural-gas drilling. “Once again, the governor’s budget is putting people first. His proposal is seeking $120 million more for school districts in Philadelphia and across the commonwealth, as well as higher investment for pre-kindergarten and Head Start programs and state universities, and career and technical education. “In addition to that commitment, Gov. Wolf is seeking to launch PASmart, which would provide opportunities for Pennsylvanians to get the skills they would need to obtain good, family-sustaining jobs,” Youngblood said. “I am also a proponent of the governor’s repeated stance on a severance tax on natural-gas drilling. This commonsense tax would help meet Pennsylvania’s needs such as education and balancing our budget. It is long overdue for the drilling industry to pay its fair share of doing business in the commonwealth. “As the House Democratic Caucus Secretary, I’m pleased to see the governor’s budget falls directly in line with our own House Democratic agenda, the Plan For Pennsylvania , which focuses on quality schools, good jobs and fairer taxes,” she said. Read more

 

Youngblood encourages Philadelphians to apply for DCNR recreation, conservation grants

(Feb 05, 2018)

PHILADELPHIA, Feb. 5 – State Rep. Rosita Youngblood, D-Phila., is urging local conservation groups and other interested parties to take advantage of the recreation and conservation grants offered by the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources. DCNR will accept applications through April 11. “There is much that can be done to expand the ways in which we utilize our space, and also to further protect the natural beauty of our landscape. This is an opportunity that can benefit a number of different organizations in our community. I strongly encourage Philadelphians to apply for these grants,” Youngblood said. DCNR made a list of specific priorities it would like grants to focus on that includes: community parks and recreation; land conservation; watershed protection and restoration; rivers implementation; and trails. For more information, potential applicants can visit www.dcnr.pa.gov . Read more

 

Youngblood announces nominations being accepted for PA Blue Ribbon Champions for Safe Kids awards

(Feb 01, 2018)

HARRISBURG, Feb. 1 – State Rep. Rosita Youngblood, D-Phila., announced that nominations are now being accepted to honor people in the commonwealth who have done something special to protect children. The PA Blue Ribbon Champions for Safe Kids awards recognize people who have been instrumental in protecting children, with the goal of heightening awareness of the role each Pennsylvanian plays in safeguarding children from abuse and neglect. Youngblood said the awards are presented by the Pennsylvania Family Support Alliance in April, which is designated as Child Abuse Prevention Month under a House resolution for which she voted. “A state report shows there were more than 44,000 reports of child abuse in Pennsylvania in 2016, with over 5,000 in Philadelphia County alone. These statistics are both heartbreaking and a wake-up call,” Youngblood said. “Whether it’s a neighbor, friend, family member or stranger, we all must work together and do what we can to protect our children from this unnecessary and horrific crime.” Youngblood said in addition to honoring two child welfare professionals and two everyday citizens, the PFSA will honor someone in the media who has demonstrated a commitment to covering child abuse and protection-related issues in Pennsylvania in 2017. The deadline to nominate someone is 5 p.m. Monday, Feb. 26, 2018. The awards will be presented during a ceremony at the state Capitol on April 4. To nominate someone Read more

 

Youngblood announces House scholarship availability, deadline March 1

(Jan 23, 2018)

PHILADELPHIA, Jan. 23 – State Rep. Rosita C. Youngblood, D-Phila., is reminding graduating high school seniors and their families about the availability of the 2018 Pennsylvania House of Representatives Scholarship. The four-year scholarship is awarded to two students preparing to enter post-secondary education. Each award is approximately the value of one semester of tuition at a state-related university. The award for the 2017-18 school year was $4,500. “This is a great opportunity for students and their families needing assistance to pay for post-secondary education,” Youngblood said. “I encourage students to apply and to do so as soon as possible.” The application deadline is March 1, and applicants must be Pennsylvania high school residents who have a minimum 3.0 cumulative grade point average, plan to attend a state college, university or career school as a full-time student, and demonstrate leadership and community service. An essay also is required. This year's subject is voting and how to attract more people to register and vote. Youngblood said the House Scholarship is funded by private donations, including those from former and current House members, as well as proceeds from special events. No tax money is used, nor is it affiliated with any political party, and is independently administered by The Foundation for Enhancing Communities, a nonprofit organization that oversees the selection process. More information and Read more

 

Youngblood demands House Republicans put Pennsylvanians over profits

(Oct 05, 2017)

HARRISBURG, Oct. 5 – State Rep. Rosita C. Youngblood, D-Phila., House Democratic Caucus secretary, released the following statement demanding House Republicans to pass a state budget that puts Pennsylvanians over special interest groups: “The House had a chance to end the budget stalemate and offer a new way forward for our citizens. Instead, the Republican members of the House stood with special interests and bailed on working families. They would rather bend to corporate interests than stand up for fair taxes. It’s simply unconscionable. “With 121 members in the House, Republicans control 60 percent of the chamber, yet they expect Democrats to own 100 percent of the bad policies they offered, yet themselves, could not vote for. These political games are evident, and we have had enough. House Democrats have a plan for Pennsylvania – a new way forward that puts people first. And that starts with having a fair tax system for all Pennsylvanians. House Republicans only want to protect special interests, and that’s unfortunate.” ### Read more

 

Youngblood Launches Diaper Need Awareness Week

(Sep 27, 2017)

Pa. state Rep. Rosita Youngblood kicked off the 4th Annual Diaper Drive as part of Diaper Need Awareness Week in Pennsylvania. Youngblood was joined by House colleagues and advocates from diaper banks across the Commonwealth. Read more

 

Joint effort by House and Senate to raise awareness on diaper need in Pa.

(Sep 26, 2017)

HARRISBURG, Sept. 26 – Kicking off “Diaper Need Awareness Week” in Pennsylvania, and continuing to promote a plan for Pennsylvania that puts people first, state Reps. Rosita C. Youngblood, D-Phila., and Carol Hill-Evans, D-York, along with state Sen. John Blake, D-Lackawanna/Luzerne/Monroe, announced today their efforts to advocate and raise awareness about the growing “diaper gap” among many families living in communities across the state. Earlier in the day, the Pennsylvania House of Representatives unanimously adopted a resolution introduced by Hill-Evans and Youngblood ( H.R. 506 ) dedicating the week of Sept. 25 through Oct. 1 as “Diaper Need Awareness Week” in the Commonwealth. Youngblood said the basic, yet essential, necessity of having a reliable stream of clean diapers for babies, and incontinence products for adults, is often overlooked by many lawmakers and government officials. “We need to focus on a clear plan for Pennsylvania – one that puts people first and establishes a new way forward for our state,” Youngblood said. “Access to a reliable supply of clean diapers is a necessity for the health and well-being of Pennsylvania's children and incontinent adults, but, unfortunately, across our commonwealth, and across this country, there is a growing epidemic as many working families and seniors on fixed incomes are simply unable to afford disposable diapers and undergarments. The long-term Read more

 

General Assembly members look to raise awareness on diaper need in Pa. with ‘Diaper Need Awareness Week’ and donation drive

(Sep 25, 2017)

HARRISBURG, Sept. 25 – State Reps. Rosita C. Youngblood, D-Phila., and Carol Hill-Evans, D-York, along with state Sen. John Blake, D-Lackawanna/Luzerne/Monroe, have partnered together for the Fourth Annual Diaper Need Awareness Week Capitol Diaper Drive, a two-week event held in the East Wing Rotunda of the state Capitol building. Members of the General Assembly, flanked by advocates and nonprofit organizations working to reduce the diaper gap in Pennsylvania, will host a news conference at noon Tuesday, Sept. 26, in the East Wing Rotunda , recognizing “Diaper Need Awareness Week” and promoting the Fourth Annual Capitol Diaper Drive. Donations of unopened diapers, wipes and other products, including incontinent products and disposable adult undergarments, for the diaper drive will be collected in the East Wing Rotunda from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. every day for two weeks, from Sept. 25 to Oct. 6 . The diaper drive is being held in conjunction with Hill-Evans’ and Youngblood’s H.R. 506 , a resolution recognizing “Diaper Need Awareness Week” in Pennsylvania, which is scheduled for a House vote on Tuesday, Sept. 26. Last year, more than 5,000 diapers were collected during this bipartisan event to raise awareness of Pennsylvania’s growing diaper need. Labeled donation bins will also be placed in locations around the Capitol. For more information, contact Youngblood's office at 717-772-9920, or Blake’s office at Read more

 

Youngblood: GOP Budget Does Not Put People First

(Sep 13, 2017)

Pa. state Rep. Rosita Youngblood spoke against a GOP budget proposal that raids state agencies including transportation and small business programs to balance the state budget without asking big oil and gas companies pay their fair share in taxes. Read more

 

Youngblood: Books to Barbers Campaign Begins

(Aug 25, 2017)

Pa. state Rep. Rosita Youngblood dropped off books at local barbershops to begin her annual Books to Barbers campaign in an effort to increase childhood literacy in Philadelphia. Read more

 

PLBC mourns the passing of former state Rep. Thomas Blackwell

(Aug 24, 2017)

PHILADELPHIA, Aug. 24 – State Rep. Jordan Harris, D-Phila., chair of the Pennsylvania Legislative Black Caucus, released the following statement regarding the passing of former state Rep. Thomas W. Blackwell: Harris said, “The City of Philadelphia, and our Commonwealth, has lost a giant. Representative Blackwell dedicated his life to public service and fought to improve the lives of countless Philadelphians. He will be deeply missed. I am certain his legacy will live on and guide the next generation of public servants. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family.” State Rep. Rosita C. Youngblood, D-Phila., the House Democratic Caucus secretary, said, “It was an honor to serve with Tommy in the legislature. I have known him and his family for very long time, and he was always a man of integrity and compassion. He had a true vision and was a steward of his community throughout his life. We’re going to miss him and I will keep his family in my prayers.” State Rep. Joanna McClinton, D-Phila/Delaware, the Philadelphia County Delegation secretary, said, “Representative Blackwell was a steward of wisdom, guidance and direction. He was the perfect model of how to put the people first as we do the people’s business. I will pray for his family in the hopes that they are comforted through this very emotional time.” Harris added, “Many of the issues he fought for even after leaving office – reducing crime, Read more

 

Two House leaders introduce human milk donor bank bill
Jun 28, 2018

Youngblood seeks applicants for college scholarship for young women
Jun 11, 2018

Proposed increase could impact you
Jun 08, 2018

Community Day
May 30, 2018

PHEAA Reminds Students of Approaching 2018-19 PA State Grant Application Deadline
Apr 25, 2018

Youngblood announces up to $1.16 million in tax credits for housing development, community center
Apr 16, 2018

Winter 2018 Newsletter
Mar 13, 2018

PLBC scholarships available for students of color
Mar 08, 2018

Youngblood Winter 2018 Newsletter
Mar 01, 2018

Youngblood lauds Wolf’s proposed increase for education, call for severance tax on drilling
Feb 06, 2018

Youngblood encourages Philadelphians to apply for DCNR recreation, conservation grants
Feb 05, 2018

Youngblood announces nominations being accepted for PA Blue Ribbon Champions for Safe Kids awards
Feb 01, 2018

Youngblood announces House scholarship availability, deadline March 1
Jan 23, 2018

Youngblood demands House Republicans put Pennsylvanians over profits
Oct 05, 2017

Youngblood Launches Diaper Need Awareness Week
Sep 27, 2017

Joint effort by House and Senate to raise awareness on diaper need in Pa.
Sep 26, 2017

General Assembly members look to raise awareness on diaper need in Pa. with ‘Diaper Need Awareness Week’ and donation drive
Sep 25, 2017

Youngblood: GOP Budget Does Not Put People First
Sep 13, 2017

Youngblood: Books to Barbers Campaign Begins
Aug 25, 2017

PLBC mourns the passing of former state Rep. Thomas Blackwell
Aug 24, 2017