P.O. BOX 2120




June 13, 2003



Division Superintendents



Jo Lynne DeMary

Superintendent of Public Instruction



The Governors Youth Public Safety Advisory Council Superintendent Selection


Governor Mark R. Warner and Secretary of Public Safety John W. Marshall have just announced the creation of the Governors Youth Public Safety Advisory Council (GYPSAC). The council will serve as a vehicle for soliciting the opinions and feedback of Virginia high school youth concerning school and community safety issues. GYPSAC represents the first time that the commonwealths youth will have the opportunity to gather with public safety professionals to discuss such public safety issues.


During the months of July and August, GYPSAC will hold two Speakout! Sessions, one in Richmond and the other in Roanoke. The purpose of these sessions is to have youth gather in one place to speak to public safety professionals from all areas of government about the safety issues in their communities and schools. Up to 50 high school age youth will attend each Speakout! Session facilitated by the VCU Center for Public Policy. Superintendents will partner with GYPSAC and serve a key role in selecting the youth who will become council participants.


Superintendents will select 12 students from the high schools in their division to be GYPSAC participants. (Alternates may be selected.) Superintendents also are encouraged to select youth with demonstrated leadership ability, involvement in school activities, and a commitment to enhancing and improving the safety and security of their school and local community. Superintendents are also encouraged to select leaders of student government associations, school clubs committed to enhancing school and community safety and promoting drug prevention, and other student leaders. Rising sophomores and juniors are preferred; as participants they will bring information they discussed at the council to their homes and schools. Students from Regions 1, 2, 3, and 4 will attend the Richmond Speakout! Session; students from Regions 5, 6, 7, and 8 will attend the Roanoke Speakout! Session. Participants are responsible for transportation to and from the Speakout! Session.


Superintendents are also asked to send the name, address, telephone number, high school, and any other contact information for each student selected to Theresa Goulde, 202 North 9th Street, Richmond, Virginia 23219, by Tuesday June 24 at 5 p.m. To expedite the process, superintendents are encouraged to fax the contact information of selected students to Theresa Goulde at (804) 786-1807 or e-mail to Selected students will receive a confirmation packet with additional information about council times, dates, and a safety survey.


If you have any questions, please contact Theresa Goulde in the Office of Public Safety at (804) 786-9072 or at the above e-mail address.