Public Policy

The Youth Development Institute of Puerto Rico is a nonprofit organization working to advance public policies, at both federal and commonwealth level, that improve the lives of children and youth in Puerto Rico. We are focused on the reduction of child poverty and in promoting economic security for families.

At a federal level, YDI seeks to educate the public on the benefits of the Child Tax Credit extension in order to integrate families with 1 or 2 children under the age of 18 in Puerto Rico in the Child Tax Credit (CTC). The extension of the CTC would inject approximately $273 million into the local economy ($770 average per Eligible Family distributed among 404,000 children under the age of 18 in 355,000 families), and would help to reduce child poverty among those working families.

In the past, the Institute has also worked on the following:

Educating the Federal Congress on Child Poverty in Puerto Rico
Resulting in the addition of several recommendations relating to the reduction of child poverty in Puerto Rico to the report of the Congressional Taskforce on Economic Growth for Puerto Rico. The IDJ submitted the following report to Congress.
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Impact of the Minimum Wage
Analyzing the impact of the minimum wage decrease to $4.25 on people under the age of 25.
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