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Assembly Hearing Focused on Improving Lives of Boys, Men of Color

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The Assembly Select Committee on the Status of Boys and Men of Color, created by Speaker John A. Pérez (D-Los Angeles), recently met in Oakland in an effort to direct and drive state policy impacting young men of color.

The committee discussed a recent study, funded by California Endowment, which found that Latino and Black boys and men encounter more health problems than Caucasian boys and men. In addition, they found that investing California education, health, employment and juvenile justice programs in young men of color creates major financial benefits for the state.

"The information shared at the Select Committee hearing shows we need to continue supporting youth statewide," said Speaker Pérez. "I applaud the committee's effort to examine the challenges facing young men and boys of color in our state, and I am hopeful these hearings will shine light on the solutions we need."

At the meeting-the second in a series launched by Speaker Pérez- Assemblymembers heard from more than a dozen local school, law enforcement and social leaders, including a handful of youth, about local programs that are improving the lives of young men of color and bettering their communities.

The Select Committee plans to continue addressing key areas impacting young men of color, including health, education, violence prevention and youth development, with a series of hearings in Los Angeles, Fresno and Sacramento. The next hearing will be held on March 2 in Los Angeles.

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