NO. R-25.† House concurrent resolution designating January 30, 2003 as teen advocacy day.

(H.C.R. 9)

Offered by:† Representatives Westman of Cambridge, Crawford of Burke, Dostis of Waterbury, Heath of Westford, Helm of Castleton, Kiss of Burlington, Larocque of Barnet, Larson of Burlington, LaVoie of Swanton, Lippert of Hinesburg, Livingston of Manchester, Marron of Stowe, Monti of Barre City, Morrissey of Bennington, O'Donnell of Vernon, Pelham of Calais, Perry of Richford, Sharpe of Bristol, Tracy of Burlington, Waite of Pawlet and Zuckerman of Burlington.

Offered by:† Senator Bartlett of Lamoille County, Senator Bloomer of Rutland County, Senator Ide of Caledonia County, Senator Sears of Bennington County and Senator Snelling of Chittenden County.

†††† Whereas, youth, ages 12-17, comprise 38 percent of Vermontís child population, and

†††† Whereas, a significant number of issues have a direct impact on youth, and

†††† Whereas, young people are a vital resource to their families, schools and communities, and

†††† Whereas, research shows that youth succeed when they are connected to their communities and valued by adults around them, and

†††† Whereas, community participation promotes teenís healthy development by giving them the chance to develop a sense of belonging, and further acquire and practice decision-making, interpersonal, and leadership skills, and

†††† Whereas, young people become key stakeholders in their communities when they are given a voice and meaningful opportunities to contribute positively to their own growth and that of their communities, and

†††† Whereas, the Vermont Childrenís Forum, the Vermont Coalition of Runaway and Homeless Youth Programs, and the Vermont Coalition of Teen Centers work with youth and communities to elevate the awareness and understanding of youth issues, and

†††† Whereas, the General Assembly has the unique opportunity to send a message to youth in Vermont that they are valued, now therefore be it

†††† Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly recognizes the distinct position, valuable perspective, and unique challenges faced by Vermontís youth, and designates January 30, 2003 as Teen Advocacy Day, and be it further

Resolved:† That the Secretary of State be directed to send a copy of this resolution to the Vermont Childrenís Forum, the Vermont Coalition of Runaway and Homeless Youth Programs, and the Vermont Coalition of Teen Centers.