I am excited to announce two new recent appointments in my role as senator.

One is to the Task Force on Improving Institutional Education Programs and Outcomes with a focus improving the coordination and delivery of education services to youth involved with the juvenile justice system. This includes student records, graduation rates, adequacy of basic and special education funding, school safety, special skills and services of faculty and staff, professional development, and non-academic supports for addressing social emotional and behavioral health needs.

My second appointment is to the Washington State Leadership Board (formerly the Association of Washington Generals). The board operates Washington World Fellows, a study abroad and college readiness fellowship program, and collaborates with the lieutenant governor to administer Boundless, a sports mentoring program to encourage underserved youth to join or participate in sports, and the Legislative Youth Advisory Council made up of young people between the ages of 14 and 18 to examine issues of importance to youth.