Early Childhood Development Committee

Neighborhood & Community Committee

Youth Development Committee

Health & Safety Committee

Family Economic Success Committee

Youth in Transition Committee

Education & Afterschool Programming Committee

A Look at the Plan's Action Committees

To ensure that the Master Planning process inclusively and thoroughly explores the many and complex issues facing Manchester's children, youth, and families the following structure has been developed. Seven key action committees, with each committee focusing on a specific issue impacting children, youth and families have been formed. The issues are based on the Strengthening Families and Improving Outcomes for Children and Youth report done by the National League of Cities (NLC). The NLC did extensive research to determine what were the key aspects of those communities that were producing an ever-increasing number of positive thriving indicators and a reduced number of at-risk indicators. The seven key aspects are the focus of the seven committees. In addition to these seven action committees there is a Core Team committee that has oversight responsibilities.

To accomplish the responsibilities assigned to each committee participants will look at Manchester's current reality regarding their committee's action area, identify what they would view as ideal, map the gap between the current reality and the ideal, and develop a recommendation for closing those gaps. Recommendations will be worded proactively, using strength-based language. Each committee will also be asked to think both developmentally and strategically. Recommendations and the strategies for addressing those recommendations will be ones that have the greatest chance of having a significant developmental impact on the greatest number of Manchester citizens.

Committee facilitators and staff ensure that the voices of all participants are heard and valued, especially the voices of youth and parents. Each committee sets their own schedules for meetings, will complete their recommendations by the end of June 2009, and work in partnership with the other committees when appropriate. Each committee has one or two local facilitators and access to staff support. Staff is responsible for logistics, doing needed research, and supporting the members as needed. Each committee's final report will be given to the Core Team who will in turn work with the consultant to create the final comprehensive document. Neither the Core Team nor the consultant will have the authority to change the recommendations being made without the support of the committee making the recommendation. The final planning document with recommendations will be presented upon completion to the Board of Directors as well as interested and impacted youth and adults. The target date for the Plan to be presented is in July 2009.