February 3, 2013

The Jan. 30 editorial “Cut the middleman” may have led some readers to conclude that the D.C. Children and Youth Investment Trust Corp. has become irrelevant and faces an uncertain future. This could not be further from the truth.

Healthy and productive debate is essential to improving our oversight, but we will not be distracted from our mission. I took over leadership of the trust in November with a mandate to make sure we continue to be a strong and viable nonprofit entity with sound business practices, policies and procedures, as well as the go-to resource for addressing the issues facing children and youth in the District.

The trust was created not only to leverage private investments through public funds but also to bridge government and community-based programs, resources and services for D.C. youth. We are uniquely positioned to effectively and efficiently manage the grant process for city agencies and nonprofits and to provide youth worker training, capacity building, research, evaluation and policy support.

Ed Davies, Washington

The writer is executive director of the D.C. Children and Youth Investment Trust Corp.

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