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NO. R-123. JOINT RESOLUTION celebrating teens and teen advocacy day.

(J.R.S. 54)

Offered by: Senator Bartlett of Lamoille County, Senator Bahre of Addison County, Senator Bloomer of Rutland County, Senator Campbell of Windsor County, Senator Condos of Chittenden County, Senator Costes of Franklin County, Senator Crowley of Rutland County, Senator Cummings of Washington County, Senator Gossens of Addison County, Senator Greenwood of Essex-Orleans County, Senator Ide of Caledonia County, Senator Illuzzi of Essex-Orleans County, Senator Leddy of Chittenden County, Senator McCormack of Windsor County, Senator Morrissey of Bennington County, Senator Munt of Chittenden County, Senator Rivers of Windsor County, Senator Sears of Bennington County and Senator Shumlin of Windham County.

Whereas, teenagers are important members and resources for our communities, both now and in the future, when they will be our fellow adults and community members, and

Whereas, while teens are no longer children, they still need support, understanding and guidance to assure that they develop into responsible adults, parents, community members and leaders, and

Whereas, teens are aware of and affected by many issues, so when given a voice and meaningful opportunities to make positive contributions, they can offer valuable perspectives, and

Whereas, participation in community activities helps teens to develop a sense of belonging, healthy interpersonal relationships with other teens and adults, and decision-making and leadership skills, thereby helping them become invested stakeholders in their communities and their world, and

Whereas, the Vermont Childrenís Forum, the Vermont Coalition of Runaway and Homeless Youth Programs and the Vermont Coalition of Teen Centers work with teens and communities to help the teens reach their potential, and to increase public awareness and understanding of the issues that affect teens, and

Whereas, throughout Vermont, there are 40 teen centers that provide services to more than 7,000 Vermont teens, and

Whereas, the number of teen centers in Vermont increased by 16 percent in 2000, and

Whereas, teen centers conduct various community events such as the "Trees for Teens" program in which Christmas trees were sold by the Montpelier Basement Teen Center and the community carnival put on by the Barre Teen Center, and

Whereas, the General Assembly wants to support Vermontís teens by echoing the message that teens are loved and valued members of their families and communities, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly recognizes that teens are valuable members of our community and celebrates Teen Advocacy Day, April 12, 2001, 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.