Youth Policy Updates http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/youthpolicy/updates.htm Office of the Mayor (c) 2014 | City of Pittsburgh | All rights reserved Welcome to the Office of Youth Policy! http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/youthpolicy/article.htm?id=526 <p> Welcome to The Office of Youth Policy which supports the Mayor, City Council and other city departments on a continuum of issues relating to the city&rsquo;s youth.</p> <p> <strong>About us</strong></p> <p> Youth Policy is primarily responsible for monitoring, centralizing and coordinating the city&rsquo;s federal, state and local grant opportunities relevant to youth services and other special projects as assigned by the mayor. The staff provides research and distribution of current trends among youth in the community to the correct departments.</p> <p> The office manages and maintains commissions pertaining to youth and young professionals sanctioned by the Mayor:</p> <ul> <li> Propel Commission<br /> Commission of 35 young professionals (ages 20-35) that raise issues pertaining to their demographic and provide recommendations to the Mayor that assist in attracting and retaining young professionals in the City of Pittsburgh.</li> <li> Youth Commission<br /> Commission of experts in the youth and family service field. Raise issues and provide recommendations to the Mayor regarding the safety, education, and health and wellness of youth in the city.</li> <li> Youth Council<br /> Group of high school students appointed to represent youth in each high school and council district in the City of Pittsburgh. Provides as a liaison between the youth in the city to the City Government via the Youth Commission. Engaged in the political process as volunteers and youth leaders in the community.</li> </ul> <p> Successful initiatives under the office&rsquo;s direction in 2010:</p> <p> <strong>Graduate Pittsburgh Summit:</strong> Through a grant from America&rsquo;s Promise, in November 2009 the Mayor&rsquo;s Office of Youth Policy held a summit to draw attention to the high school drop out epidemic. The event brought together 240 local leaders, educators, students, and parents in an effort to create a community-wide strategy to combating the dropout crisis in the City of Pittsburgh. The office is currently preparing for second summit scheduled for November 2010.</p> <p> <strong>Multiple Pathways to Education Blueprint:</strong> Through a grant from the Department of Labor, the Mayors Office of Youth Policy , the Pittsburgh Public Schools and Three Rivers Workforce Investment Board worked to create a plan for keeping students at risk of dropping out, in school and ultimately on the road to receiving a diploma.</p> <p> <strong>Pittsburgh Medicine Cabinet Clean-up Campaign:</strong> Lead the effort to secure Pittsburgh as the pilot city for a statewide campaign in May of 2010. The successful pilot was conducted through the Pennsylvania Medical Society and Drug Free PA by utilizing city services and resources. The program was geared to make medicine cabinets safe from expired or leftover prescription drugs. The medication clean-up campaign was developed to decrease the opportunity for teens and for others to obtain prescription medications for the purpose of abuse.</p> <p> <strong>Pittsburgh Promise:</strong> In 2007 Mayor Luke Ravenstahl collaborated with Superintendent Mark Roosevelt to bring a fresh, innovative idea to Pittsburgh that invests in the future of our children. The Pittsburgh Promise allows graduates from the Pittsburgh Public Schools the opportunity to receive scholarship funds for college education. Created by The Pittsburgh Foundation, supported by the Pittsburgh Public Schools, and funded through the generosity of our community, the Pittsburgh Promise dramatically transforms the lives of students and families.<br /> &nbsp;</p> Tue, 14 Sep 2010 10:25:52 -0400