To assist in the prevention, treatment and control of problems relating to the children and youth of the Town and to advise and assist other agencies, both public and private, concerned with such matters.
The Board of Directors of Youth Services unanimously adopted an updated Policy Statement on November 6, 1976 which expanded Article 63 of the Town Warrant-March 1962. Up to this point, the Board had concerned itself almost exclusively with the activities of the Arlington Youth Consultation Center and only minimally with the “other agencies both public and private” which were intended to be concerns of such a Board. This Policy Statement was an effort to publicly state the goals and policies of the Board of Youth Services and plans for future direction. This Policy Statement was written as follows:
1. The Board is very interested in creating a working supportive relationship with the many youth-oriented agencies both public and private in the community. We shall accomplish this by working openly and on a regular basis with any community agency or body concerned with youth-related activities and will seek public support of those issues we deem important to the community.
2. The Board will review the problems and needs facing Arlington’s children and young people such as the need for programs of prevention and treatment of youth problems and will make recommendations to town agencies and Boards dealing with such problems.
3. The Board will evaluate the impact and effectiveness of the Arlington Youth Consultation Center and make appropriate recommendations.
4. The Board will initiate a program of youth advocacy within the community to encourage and support the positive actions of Arlington’s youth and their leadership.
5. The Board has determined that it is essential to strengthen the lines of communication among the following:
a. Agencies providing youth services
b. The youth recipients of these services and the leaders of these agencies
c. The youth and adults of the community