A Message from the Chair

The Honorable Barbara A. Favola, Senate of Virginia
It is my pleasure as Chair of the General Assembly’s Commission on Youth to welcome you to our website. The Commission on Youth is tasked with providing a forum for review and study of youth policies and services. Whether you are a member or staff of the General Assembly, a government official, service provider, educator, parent or caregiver, or interested member of the public, you will find this website a wonderful resource on the Commission’s work on a host of issues, from child welfare to juvenile justice, or from mental health to education.

Children matter to policymakers in Virginia. Almost 2 million young people age 0-18 live in our state. This number represents almost 25% of our state’s population. Correspondingly, a significant percentage of our state budget goes directly to services for these youth and their families. Given the size of this population and the breadth of special needs associated with young people and their families, Virginia is fortunate to have the Commission on Youth to provide guidance and leadership on youth policy issues. I encourage you to familiarize yourself with our work and to let us know whenever we can be of assistance to your child, family or community.

Announcements

2017 Commission Meetings - Click here or on the Meetings link to view Meeting handouts

  • May 24, 2017  at 9:00 a.m., House Room 3, The Capitol 
  • September 18, 2017 at 1:00 p.m., House Committee Room, Ground Floor, Pocahontas Building, 900 East Main Street, Richmond
  • November 8, 2017 at 1:00 p.m., House Committee Room, Ground Floor, Pocahontas Building, 900 East Main Street, Richmond
  • December 5, 2017 at 1:00 p.m., House Committee Room, Ground Floor, Pocahontas Building, 900 East Main Street, Richmond 

2016 Adopted Study Recommendations
The Virginia Commission on Youth has adopted the following recommendations from the 2016 study year:  

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