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NO. R-131. JOINT RESOLUTION designating April 12, 2001 as teen advocacy day.

(J.R.H. 95)

Offered by: Representatives Pugh of South Burlington, Zuckerman of Burlington, Voyer of Morristown and Westman of Cambridge.

Whereas, youth, ages 12-17, comprise 38 percent of Vermont’s child population, and

Whereas, a significant number of issues directly impact youth, and

Whereas, youth 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 youth’s healthy development by giving them the chance to develop a sense of belonging, further acquire and practice decision-making, interpersonal and leadership skills, and

Whereas, youth 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 Children’s 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 Vermont’s youth, and designates April 12, 2001 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 Children’s Forum, the Vermont Coalition of Runaway and Homeless Youth Programs and the Vermont Coalition of Teen Centers.