Gloria Receives Mark Pearlman Award from California Coalition for Youth for Advocacy on Homeless Youth

Monday, April 16, 2018

Gloria Honored by Statewide Youth Non-Profit for Efforts and Advocacy to Increase State Funding for Homeless Youth Services

SACRAMENTO, CA – As part of the California Coalition for Youth’s 2018 Youth Empowerment Summit, which convenes hundreds of youth and youth advocates for a two-day conference focused on strategies to improve the lives of disconnected; runaway; and homeless youth, California State Assemblymember Todd Gloria (D-San Diego) will  receive the Coalition’s Mark Pearlman Award for his efforts and advocacy on behalf of homeless youth – specifically, his work last year to significantly increase the State’s investment in homeless youth services.

It is a true honor to receive this award from the California Coalition for Youth, particularly because of our shared passion for addressing the needs of homeless youth in California,” said Assemblymember Todd Gloria. “Today’s homeless youth face many challenges ranging from obtaining adequate healthcare to finding permanent housing. We must do more, and it is imperative that we keep youth homelessness at the forefront of our discussions. That’s something I will continue to do in the Legislature.”

The California Coalition for Youth is a statewide non-profit organization located in Sacramento that works to connect disconnected, runaway, and homeless youth to programs and services. The Coalition is comprised of several hundred youth and community agencies who collectively strive to improve and empower the lives of California’s youth by advocating for the programs, support, and resources they need to have successful lives.

The Mark Pearlman Award is given each year by the Coalition in honor of youth advocate and program director, Mark Pearlman, who was assassinated in El Salvador while on a diplomatic trip. The award is given to an individual who has exhibited outstanding service to improve the lives of young people in California.

During his first year in the Legislature, Assemblymember Gloria successfully secured an unprecedented $10 million for homeless youth services statewide – a five-fold increase in the amount of money the State had previously invested. Those dollars were provided to local jurisdictions earlier this year.