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

Public Comment on 2018 Draft Findings and Recommendations

The Virginia Commission on Youth will be accepting public comment on the 2017 Draft Findings and Recommendations for:

Public comment must be received by 5:00 p.m. Tuesday, November 6, 2018. Public comments received by the deadline will be provided to the Commission for consideration at the November 20 Commission meeting at 1:00 p.m. in House Committee Room, Ground Floor, Pocahontas Building.
  • Comments may be submitted by email at aatkinson@vcoy.virginia.gov.
  • Comments may also be submitted by hand-delivery or mail to the Commission on Youth, 900 E. Main St, Floor 11, Richmond, VA 23219.
  • Comments may be faxed to 804-371-0574. 

2018 Commission Meetings - Click here or on the Meetings link to view Meeting handouts

  • June 6, 2018  at 11:00 a.m., House Committee Room, Ground Floor, Pocahontas Building, 900 East Main Street, Richmond
  • September 18, 2018 at 1:00 p.m., House Committee Room, Ground Floor, Pocahontas Building, 900 East Main Street, Richmond
  • November 20, 2018 at 1:00 p.m., House Committee Room, Ground Floor, Pocahontas Building, 900 East Main Street, Richmond
  • December 4, 2018 at 1:00 p.m., House Committee Room, Ground Floor, Pocahontas Building, 900 East Main Street, Richmond

Advisory Group:

  • Review of the standard of proof to determine a founded case of child abuse and neglect - August 20, 2018  at 1:00 p.m., Tuckahoe Library, 1901 Starling Dr, Henrico, VA 23229
  • Review of the standard of proof to determine a founded case of child abuse and neglect - September 11, 2018  at 1:00 p.m., Tuckahoe Library, 1901 Starling Dr, Henrico, VA 23229
 

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