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Administration's Call to Action
Read our letter from former Governor Baldacci:
December 8, 2008
Dear Shared Youth Vision Partner:
Maine’s Shared Youth Vision Council will serve as the Children’s Cabinet’s advisory collaborative-stakeholder body, through which program efficiencies, improvements, coordination, communication, and collaboration among youth-serving agencies and providers at the state, regional, and local levels will be examined.
Through the Children’s Cabinet’s cross-systems work, we’ve come to better understand the harsh realities facing Maine’s highest-need children and youth. For example, with improved measures of drop out rates, we know that the number of youth that are not finishing high school and are not positively engaging in their community or in the workforce is unacceptable. These youth are a key component of Maine’s future economy and workforce. As a state, we need to significantly increase the number of youth that graduate from high school, are positively connected to community, go to college, and become employed. We also need to improve the economic security of Maine families, as we know that poverty impacts the mental, physical, and emotional health of our children and youth.
The charge of the SYV Council is to:
This is an exciting opportunity to augment the forward-thinking systems-change process that the Children’s Cabinet has championed, but we need your expert staffs’ insights and participation, to do so.
Please ask your designated staff to complete the enclosed Council Membership Profile by December 24th and return it by fax to the SYC Council Americorps VISTA Darren Joyce at 287-5933, or by mail to: Darren Joyce, Department of Labor, 45 Commerce Drive, SHS 55, Augusta, ME 04333-0055.
I look forward to learning about the work of the Council in our future discussions as well as the formal report updates through the Children’s Cabinet.
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