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A Generation of Youth Hanging in the Balance: Report of the Latino Youth Collaborative Steering Committee

A Generation of Youth Hanging in the Balance: Report of the Latino Youth Collaborative Steering Committee

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A December 2010 report from the Latino youth task force in Montgomery County, Md.
A December 2010 report from the Latino youth task force in Montgomery County, Md.

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Report of theLatino Youth Collaborative Steering CommitteeMontgomery County, Maryland:
 A Generation of Youth Hanging in the Balance
DECEMBER 2010
 
TABLE OF CONTENTS Acknowledgements 3PURPOSE OF THE LATINO YOUTH COLLABORATIVE 5RECOMMENDATIONS SUMMARY 7BACKGROUND AND STEERING COMMITTEE APPROACH 9OVERARCHING MONTGOMERY COUNTY ISSUES 12
2.1 County response to immigration 122.2 Cultural and linguistic competency in public and private serviceoperations 132.3 Trust among County residents and public officials 142.4 Community participation in decision making 152.5 Need for better data collection, analysis, and dissemination 152.6 Accountability of institutions and persons that serve the public 16
3.0 POLICY ISSUES SUBGROUP 17
3.1 Subgroup Members and Affiliations 173.1.a Core ideas 183.1.b Current situation in Montgomery County 193.2 Policy Issues Recommendations 23
4.0 RESPONSIVE SERVICES SUBGROUP 30
4.1 Subgroup Members and Affiliations 304.1.a Core ideas 314.1.b Current situation in Montgomery County 354.2 Responsive Services Recommendations 36
5.0 SOCIAL INTEGRATION SUBGROUP 45
5.1 Subgroup Members and Affiliations 455.1.a Core ideas 465.1.b Current situation in Montgomery County 475.2 Social Integration Recommendations 48
6.0 CONCLUSIONS and FUTURE MONITORING 55
 
Acknowledgements
The work of the Latino Youth Collaborative Steering Committee truly has been a collaborativeendeavor, with representatives from every facet of Montgomery County life playing a part in theexploration, analysis, and recommendations related to the lives of Latino youth and their families.We would like to acknowledge the contributions of many members of our community for theiroutstanding contributions and clear commitment to this important work:
County Executive Isiah Leggett,
who recognized the urgency of responding to the data presentedby Identity, Inc. and commissioned the Latino Youth Collaborative Steering Committee and broughtgovernment to the table.
County Council Health and Human Services Committee and its Chair, George Leventhal
 for recognizing the importance of this issue and for encouraging action.
Board of Education
members, with special acknowledgement for
Shirley Brandman and LauraBerthiaume
for their very active participation in the process and significant leadership.
Identity, Inc
., for their initial needs assessment which gathered critical information from our youth andproduced data that sounded the alarms for the youth in our County.The members of the
Steering Committee and Sub-groups
shared their insight, their expertise, andtheir commitment to creating real solutions and pathways for our youth to find success, happiness andfulfillment. We thank them for their time and effort in this process. Special thanks must go to the co-chairs of the subgroups (noted with *) who worked tremendously hard to develop recommendationsthat would lead to change.
 
The following individuals contributed to the work of the Latino Youth Collaborative:Mark Drury
Shapiro and Duncan
Dr. Marguerite Duane
Spanish Catholic Center
 Sharon Friedman
 Mental Health Association
Miti Figueredo
Councilmember Navarro’sOffice
Phillip F. Gainous
MCAASP
Celia Gamboa
Community Bridges
Soraya Galeas
Planned Parenthood
Kate Garvey**
MCDHHS
Maria Garcia
MCPS, ESOL
Dave Gillespie
MCPD
Maria Gomez
Mary’s Center
Uma S. Ahluwalia
MCDHHS
Gabriel Albornoz
Recreation Department
 John Alcoba
Montgomery County PublicSchools
Anna Anderson
CASA de Maryland
Monica Barberis-Young
Interfaith Works
Chris Barclay
Board of Education
Marielsa Bernard
Montgomery CountyCircuit Court
Laura Berthiaume
Board of Education
 Frankie Blackburn
Impact Silver Spring
Cassandra Boyd
Department of EconomicDeveloment
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Shirley Brandman*
Board of Education
Fran Brenneman
MCDHHS
Marcela Campoli
Spanish Catholic Center
Luis Cardona
MCDHHS
 Wendy Cervantes
First Focus
 Raymond Crowel
MCDHHS
Christine DelCid
Department of Corrections
Rosalinda Delgado
Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
Victor DelPino
Montgomery County’s State’sAttorney’s Office
Silvia Diaz
MCDHHS
 John Dowdy
Alfred E. NoyesChildren’s Center

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