Vermont Witnesses To Testify Before Leahy Panel

Hearing On Problems Facing Homeless And Runaway Youths

WASHINGTON (Wednesday, April 23, 2008) – Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) will hold a hearing April 29 on Capitol Hill to examine the problems facing homeless and runaway youths today, and has invited testimony from representatives of Vermont’sSpectrum Youth and Family Services, a non-profit agency founded in 1970 to assist Vermont youth and Families.

Spectrum’s Executive Director, Mark Redmond, will testify about the organization’s unique and successful program, Spectrum One Stop.  The first shelter of its kind in Vermont, Spectrum One Stop helps provide food, shelter, clothing and health care to homeless and runaway youths.  Redmond will be joined by Michael Hutchins, a former homeless youth from Burlington, Vt., who now works at the Spectrum Youth Co-Op, a subsidiary of Spectrum Youth and Family Services. 

The Committee will also hear from Victoria Wagner, the chief executive office for the National Network for Youth, a national advocacy organization for runaway and homeless youth based in Washington, D.C.

The April 29 hearing, “Living on the Street: Finding Solutions to Protect Runaway and Homeless Youth,” will launch Leahy’s efforts to reauthorize the Runaway and Homeless Youth Act.  Leahy is expected to introduce reauthorization language in the coming weeks.

The hearing will be held Tuesday, April 29, at 10 a.m. in Room 226 of the Dirksen Senate Office Building, in Washington. 


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Contact:  Mark Redmond, Spectrum Youth and Family Services, 802-343-5605



The Senate Committee on the Judiciary has scheduled a hearing on “Living on the Street: Finding Solutions to Protect Runaway and Homeless Youth” for Tuesday, April 29, 2008 at 10:00 a.m. in Room 226 of the Senate Dirksen Office Building.


By order of the Chairman


Witness List 

Mark Redmond

Executive Director

Spectrum Youth and Family Services

Burlington, Vermont


Michael Hutchins

Formerly homeless youth

Burlington, Vermont


Victoria A. Wagner

Chief Executive Officer

National Network for Youth

Washington, DC


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