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Then very shortly we began to ask for contributions, and we
were tax-exempt. That helped a lot. A lot. The first two years that
we had the board were very fortunate years, because it was just in
that period that the National Youth Act was passed, which meant that
money came into the city for services like ours. And indeed, just before
we moved, we began to receive money under this act from what they
called the New York City Youth Board. This was a sizeable amount
of money. It enabled us to expand, oh, about twice our size. And
to pay people. Pay everybody.
So by the time we moved, all the staff people were paid, and
we had many more staff people.
The National Youth Act, was that under the Kennedy Administration?
No. Later the Natioal Mental Health Act was passed under
Kennedy, and again that helped us here. That was a sizeable amount
more money coming in. In fact, that's how we exist now. That's the
public money we're getting now, that started under that act, and
the Youth Board no longer exists.
Has federal money been cut back too in the last year or so?
Yes. And that's money coming into the city, so that's been
cut, coming to the state, it's been cut. But we've been very fortunate
to receive public money all along, even as we were building up
our sources of private support. We've been very fortunate. And then
we became members of the Greater New York Fund, and that gives us
a stable little piece of money each year. And we developed volunteer
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