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Forum staff reports, Published September 23 2009

North Dakota launches new youth office

Gov. John Hoeven today announced the establishment of a new North Dakota Youth Office designed to invite young people to stay in North Dakota and to incorporate existing youth-related programs under one office.

The Youth Office, part of the North Dakota Department of Commerce under Commissioner Shane Goettle, is part of a broader movement called Youth Forward designed to encourage young people to build their future in North Dakota. (www.youthforward.com)

The Governor also announced appointments to a new Youth Council comprised of North Dakotans ages 17-24 and four legislators from all areas of the state.

The Council, established by the Legislature and chaired by Lt. Gov. Jack Dalrymple, will focus on identifying challenges facing North Dakota youth relating to jobs, healthcare, recreation, education or other major issues. The Council will also help lead the Youth Forward movement and serve as advisors to the work of the Youth Office.

“With our growing and more diversified economy, we have a good opportunity to make a case for young people to build their future in North Dakota,” Hoeven said in a news release. “Youth Forward is an effort to take all of the existing career awareness and youth-oriented programming and provide a gateway for young people who want make their home and leave their legacy in North Dakota.”

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