A Message from the Chair
The Honorable Barbara A. Favola, Virginia House of Delegates
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.
The Virginia Commission on Youth will be accepting public comment on the 2016 Draft Recommendations for:
Public comment must be received by 5:00 p.m. on Monday, November 28, 2016
Public comments received by the deadline will be provided to the Commission for consideration at the December 6 Commission meeting at 10:00 a.m. at the Faison Residence, 5322 Markel Road, Richmond, VA 23230.
Comments may be submitted by:
- Email at email@example.com.
- Mail or Hand delivery to the Commission on Youth, General Assembly Building, Suite 269, Richmond, VA 23219.
- By Fax to 804-371-0574
2016 Commission Meetings - Click on the Meetings link to view Meeting handouts
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