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Report of the LEGISLATIVE YOUTH ADVISORY COUNCIL Public Forums. A Report to the 123 rd Legislature First Regular Session January 15, 2007. Last Year’s Amendments to LYAC Statutes. Public Law 2005 Chapter 616, §A-3 Required that, in 2006, 2 public forums be:

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report of the legislative youth advisory council public forums

Report of the LEGISLATIVE YOUTH ADVISORY COUNCIL Public Forums

A Report to the 123rd Legislature

First Regular Session

January 15, 2007

last year s amendments to lyac statutes
Last Year’s Amendments to LYAC Statutes
  • Public Law 2005 Chapter 616, §A-3
  • Required that, in 2006, 2 public forums be:
    • Held for the “purpose of soliciting input, suggestions and ideas for enhanced civic education” in Maine secondary schools
    • Held in high schools “north and south of Augusta”
    • Summarized in a report to the Legislative Council (transmitted and accepted January 25, 2007).
  • Forums were authorized as one-time events and were not funded for subsequent years
policy issues identified
Policy Issues Identified
  • Enforcing School Alcohol and Drug Policies
  • Youth Civic Engagement
  • Bullying and Harassment
  • School Nutrition
  • School Safety
  • Suicide Prevention
planning process
Planning Process
  • LYAC staff worked with the Department of Education and the host school administrators to develop:
    • Program agenda/timeline
    • Participation rules/guidelines
    • Registration process/materials
  • Host school student teams worked with LYAC youth members to:
    • Facilitate policy discussions
  • Participation goal of 100 youth at each forum
forum 1 northern region
Forum 1: Northern Region
  • Held November 2, 2006
  • Hosted by Ellsworth High School (EHS)
  • Total participants = 63
    • Including 46 high school students from 6 high schools in the region
  • Process
    • 14 EHS students and 3 LYAC youth members partnered to facilitate 4 policy discussion groups
    • Each participant chose 1 discussion group
    • Groups reported back to forum at closing session
forum 2 southern regional
Forum 2: Southern Regional
  • Held November 14, 2006
  • Hosted by Kennebunk High School (KHS)
  • Total Participants = 109
    • Including 83 students from 11 high schools and community-based youth programs in the region
  • Process
    • 9 KHS Students and 7 LYAC youth members partnered to facilitate 4 separate policy discussion groups
    • Participants had the opportunity to choose 2 of 4 optional policy discussion groups
    • Peer-to-peer emphasis - adults could participate upon invitation
    • Groups reported back to forum in closing session
lyac member survey
LYAC Member Survey
  • Designed to:
    • Gauge member response to ideas, opinions and perspectives of participants
    • Determine how LYAC would collectively prioritize policy issues
    • Obtain feedback regarding the outcome and planning process
  • Response rate = 87%
    • 14 completed surveys of the 16 people who were Council members at that time.
survey results
Survey Results
  • “Potential Solutions” = statements that reflect opinions, perspective and values of Maine’s youth
  • Total of 48 potential solutions, across 6 different policy areas were offered by forum participants
  • 94% of the policy solutions were supported by a majority (>50%) of member respondents.
key findings policy priorities
Key Findings: Policy Priorities
  • 1 = Highest Priority; 6 = Lowest Priority
key findings unanimous support
Key Findings: Unanimous Support
  • Ensure consistency across individuals regardless of extracurricular involvement in the punishment for violating school drug and alcohol policy.
  • Include in the definition of bullying the use of the web (i.e. myspace.com) as a means of bullying.
  • Direct state and local governments to develop more civic engagement opportunities for youth.
  • Improve communication between government, schools and students regarding civic education and engagement opportunities.
  • Raise awareness about health food choices, eating disorders and lifestyle choices through school and community.
what s next
What’s Next?
  • One avenue……
    • Use Potential Solutions with Unanimous Support to define scope of policy issues
    • Advise the legislature
      • Proposing new legislative solution
      • Providing input on existing legislation
  • Consider other policy issues of importance?
questions comments thoughts

Questions, Comments, Thoughts?

Brenna Byrne

Legislative Researcher

Office of Policy and Legal Analysis

Phone: 287-1760

Email: brenna.byrne@legislature.maine.gov

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