42 U.S. Code § 12371 - Findings
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(a) FindingsThe Congress finds that—
children and youth deserve love, respect, and guidance, as well as good health, shelter, food, education, productive work, and preparation for responsible participation in community life;
an increasing opportunity for children and youth to participate in the decisions that affect their lives is essential;
the family is the primary caregiver and the source of social learning which must be supported and strengthened, but when families are unable to ensure the satisfaction of the needs of children and youth, it is society’s responsibility to assist them;
(5) at a minimum, all children and youth need and deserve access to—
effective training, apprenticeships, opportunities for community service, and productive employment;
the widest range of civic, cultural, and recreational activities which recognize young Americans as resources and promote self-esteem and a stake in their communities;
comprehensive community services which are efficient, coordinated, and readily available; and
there is a great need for a comprehensive national policy with respect to young individuals, designed to engage Federal, State, and local government agencies, youth organizations, and other voluntary organizations.
(b) Statement of policy
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