Function and Purpose of the Kitsap County
Commission on Children and Youth

The Kitsap County Commission on Children and Youth was established in 1988 by the Board of Commissioners by Resolution No. 172-1988. The Board acted on the recommendation of the local Youth 2000 Forum, whose participants were concerned about the rising rate of school dropout, a shrinking labor pool, and other youth-related problems.
The Commission's primary responsibilities are to:

The Commission serves as a catalyst, or "broker," bringing together appropriate individuals and agencies to develop new programs and resources which meet identified needs.

Strategies for 2005–2007

The Commission's services include:

Approximately 450 social service providers and school personnel receive information through the Commission's monthly newsletter, In the Works. Another 12,000-13,000 residents receive direct information through other publications and events.

Commission-initiated programs and services are largely targeted to at-risk children and youth. Its prevention efforts impact the entire community by reducing the incidence of child abuse and neglect, youth violence, and other negative behaviors.

Planning services and activities are funded through the Governor's Juvenile Justice Advisory Committee and the County general fund. Funding for the Youth Volunteer Program is through the County's 1/10 of 1% sales tax for crime prevention.

Gay Neal, Human Services Planner II
Kitsap County Commission on Children and Youth
Phone: 360-337-4879 or 360-337-7185, Ext. 3531
FAX: 360-337-7187


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