Alaska has one of the youngest populations in the country, but our youth face a number of problems. Our young people suffer from neglect and abuse, alcohol and drug problems, suicide, and unemployment.
The well-being of Alaska’s youth is directly related to the future well-being of our entire state. With a concentrated approach, we can get many of these problems under control and make Alaska a better place for all of us.
It is in the best interest of the people of Alaska, and necessary for efficient administration, that policies and programs affecting our young people be coordinated and that the governor and the legislature be advised about the needs and problems of our young people.
Therefore, I, Steve Cowper, Governor of the State of Alaska, under the authority of Article III of the Alaska Constitution and of AS 44.19.145(c), order the following:
Section 1. Creation and Composition
The Governor’s Task Force on Youth is hereby created within the Department of Education. The task force consists of the commissioners of health and social services, public safety, and education; the attorney general; and three public members. A non-public member of the commission may designate an employee on the member’s staff to serve on the commission as the member’s alternate.
Section 2. Responsibilities
The task force shall address problems facing youth, with an emphasis on issues related to substance abuse and legal rights and responsibilities to the extent that funding and other resources are available. The task force shall attempt to accomplish projects including the following:
A. Publish and distribute the final report of the Governor’s Interim Commission on Children and Youth which was created by Administrative Order No. 97 and continued by Administrative Order No.108 but which ceased to exist on May 15, 1989.
B. Produce a legal handbook for youth.
C. Develop a specific plan to combat youth substance abuse including recommendations for any necessary legislation.
Section 3. Duration
The Governor’s Task Force on Youth shall cease to exist on June 30, 1990, unless it is extended by subsequent administrative order or legislation.
This order takes effect immediately.
DATED at Juneau, Alaska 15 July, 1989.
By: S/S Steve Cowper
Governor of the State of Alaska