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HB 1644: Concerning the creation of a youth development work group within the Department of Children, Youth, and Families

A youth development work group is created within the Department of Children, Youth, and Families (DCYF) with the purpose of developing a mission, vision, and goals over the 2019-2021 biennium for supporting youth ages five to young adulthood with a racial equity and inclusion lens.  The bill outlines that the work group must develop meaningful youth-level, research-based prevention and promotion outcomes and relevant measures.  Further, the group must create a meaningful youth engagement strategy and a local community stakeholder engagement strategy to assist in the development and finalization of work group recommendations.

By December 1st annually, the youth development work group must submit a report, with specific recommendations as outlined in the law, to the governor and the appropriate committees of the legislature. The first report is due by December 1, 2019.

The bill outlines who shall comprise the youth development work group, stipends for five members, designated staff support and travel expenses reimbursement.

*Companion bill: SB 5665