April 6, 2018

PHOTOS: Young Leads Fair Shot Agenda Discussion in South Bend

SOUTH BEND, Ind. – Today, U.S. Senator Todd Young (R-Ind.) hosted his sixth Fair Shot Agenda roundtable at the St. Joseph County Public Library in South Bend. The discussion featured speakers representing South Bend non-profits, law enforcement, and other community groups. Click here to view a full list of speakers.

“Through my Fair Shot Agenda, I’m working with leaders in South Bend and around the state to identify the biggest hurdles Hoosiers face and the actions we can take to ensure everyone has a fair shot at success,” said Senator Young. “I am grateful for organizations like the South Bend Opioid Drug Task Force, Ivy Tech, Hurry Home and other groups that joined this important discussion today, and I will be incorporating their feedback into this initiative.”

The Fair Shot Agenda focuses on four key areas: opportunity, safety, health, and better government.

  • Opportunity: How do we improve opportunities for upward mobility, a quality education, and a good-paying job? Senator Young has highlighted apprenticeship programs, career and technical training, innovative solutions for funding higher education, such as Income Share Agreements, and improved access to affordable housing as potential solutions.
  • Safety: How do we ensure the safety of Indiana communities and protect our national security interests? Senator Young highlighted his recently passed legislation, the Law Enforcement Mental Health and Wellness Act, as one measure that can help.
  • Health: How do we create strong and healthy families? Senator Young emphasized improving healthcare access, combatting the opioid epidemic, and strengthening adoption and foster care programs as a few places to start. Senator Young also highlighted his recently passed bill to help modernize the outdated foster care placement process.
  • Better Government: How do we create smarter and more efficient government programs that better serve Hoosiers? Senator Young highlighted his recently passed legislation to expand social impact partnerships, which leverage evidence-based public-private funding partnerships to solve some of the nation’s most pressing social challenges.

Click here for more information on the Fair Shot Agenda.

What they are saying: 

Horizon Education Alliance Executive Director Brian Wiebe: “I’m really looking forward to hearing the Senator’s ideas on these topics, and also having this important discussion with other regional leaders. In the past few years, Senator Young has cultivated bipartisan interest in new tools for private and public collaboration. One of these tools that he introduced, ‘Social Impact Bonds,’ has great potential to produce positive outcomes for communities.”

Elkart County Drug Free Partnership President Captain Jeff Siegel: “This is an exciting opportunity to participate at the ground level by beginning to communicate about real problems facing our communities.”

South Bend Opioid Drug Task Force Founder Dr. Brandon Zabukovic: “I’m encouraged by the growing involvement of our community in efforts to improve this difficult problem.”

Photos from today’s event are below.