Montgomery County Executive Isiah Leggett has released the Latino Youth Collaborative Steering Committee Report titled, “A Generation of Youth Hanging in the Balance.”
The committee was charged with developing recommendations that would address the issues and challenges uncovered in a survey of more than 1,000 Latino youth conducted by Identity, Inc. in 2006. The group was charged with studying the critical areas of education, violence prevention and well-being, and to develop strategies for the future.
Recommendations from the steering committee include the following actions:
- Identify whether existing County services are reaching Latino target populations and areas where the Latino community is disproportionately represented or negatively affected.
- Develop policies and implement strategies for increasing career/job based education opportunities for Montgomery County Public School students.
- Improve the cultural and linguistic competence of each County department.
- Provide Latino youth and families with the necessary tools, knowledge and access to strengthen their civic engagement capabilities.
Leggett will establish a time-limited Oversight Work Group to monitor progress in the implementation of the report’s recommendations.