Support the Youth Development Workgroup Bills (1644/5665)
Per the Blue Ribbon Commission on the Delivery of Services for Children and Youth, prevention is listed as the top priority. However, in the current structure of the new Department of Children, Youth, and Families (DCYF); there is not a strategy that supports prevention for children and youth over the age of five that:
- Aligns to child and adolescent brain research and best practices;
- Sustains early learning gains;
- Supports classroom learning and social-emotional well-being; and
- Prevents entry into the child welfare and juvenile justice systems.
A strategic workgroup that includes youth, providers working with youth, and other stakeholders working in concert with the department to develop a prevention and promotion strategy is critical to meeting the overall goals of the new department. This work is critical to improving youth outcomes and ensuring Washington’s children and youth are happy, healthy, safe, and thriving.
Youth advocates all over the state are working to pass a bill (House Bill 1644 and Senate Bill 5665) to create this workgroup.
If you have any questions, please email David Beard, SOWA's Policy and Advocacy Director.
Please let your elected officials in Olympia know this program matters!