[HISTORY: Adopted by the Town Council of the Town of Monroe 1-10-1994 (Ch. 30 of the 1976 Code). Amendments noted where applicable.]
There shall be a Commission to develop and coordinate programs for the youth of the Town of Monroe.
Editor's Note: See also Ch. IV, § 21 of the Town Charter.
The purpose of the Monroe Youth Commission is to advise and assist the First Selectman with developing, planning, coordinating and/or conducting programs and/or activities that address the health, social, employment and general welfare needs of the youth of the Town of Monroe. Such programs and activities shall avoid unnecessary duplication of those provided by public and private agencies.
A youth is defined as someone under 18 years of age or someone who is enrolled in but has not yet completed Grade 12 in high school.
The members of the Youth Commission shall keep themselves knowledgeable of the conditions and needs of the youth in Monroe in regard to health, social, employment and general welfare concerns. The Youth Commission shall:
Act as a liaison to the Town in communicating needs and concerns of the youth.
Evaluate existing programs and current needs and propose new ideas and programs to fill the needs which are not currently being met.
Support, promote and participate in youth development and achievement-oriented programs.
Promote better utilization of existing school and Town facilities for fellow Monroe youths.
Present to the First Selectman an annual report of its activities and such other reports as may be required.
Serve as the Advisory Board of the Youth Services Bureau.
The membership of the Commission shall consist of seven members over 18 years of age, appointed by the First Selectman and approved by the Town Council. The membership shall include at least one member currently under 21 years of age and a representative of the school system, the Police Department, and a private youth serving agency. Also, up to 35 Monroe youths (not more than seven from each of the Grades 8 through 12) regardless of school selected by the Youth Commission shall act as an advisory board to the Youth Commission with rights of participation in Commission meetings but no voting rights.
Members of the Commission shall be appointed for two-year terms.
Initially, the Commission shall meet upon the call of the First Selectman to select a Chairman and Secretary. Subsequently, Commission officers will be selected annually, in September, in accordance with the bylaws established by the Commission.
All budgetary concerns, as well as the general administration of the Commission, shall be in such a manner as to conform to the requirements of the Town Charter.