Bill Text: NY S08073 | 2017-2018 | General Assembly | Amended

Bill Title: Enacts the "New York state YouthBuild act"; sets program requirements; authorizes grants to eligible YouthBuild participants and establishes application requirements.

Spectrum: Partisan Bill (Democrat 15-0)

Status: (Engrossed) 2018-06-21 - referred to education [S08073 Detail]

Download: New_York-2017-S08073-Amended.html

                STATE OF NEW YORK
                    IN SENATE
                                     March 26, 2018
        Introduced  by  Sen.  MONTGOMERY  -- read twice and ordered printed, and
          when printed to be committed to the Committee on  Labor  --  committee
          discharged, bill amended, ordered reprinted as amended and recommitted
          to said committee
        AN  ACT  to  amend  the labor law, in relation to enacting the "New York
          state YouthBuild act"; setting program requirements;  authorizing  the
          commissioner  of  labor to make grants to eligible YouthBuild programs
          and to establish application requirements; and expanding the number of
          YouthBuild programs in New York state
          The People of the State of New York, represented in Senate and  Assem-
        bly, do enact as follows:
     1    Section  1.  Short  title. This act shall be known and may be cited as
     2  the "New York state YouthBuild act".
     3    § 2. Legislative intent. The legislature seeks to support economically
     4  disadvantaged youth, especially youth who have not finished high school,
     5  to obtain the education, work experience skills training, personal coun-
     6  seling, leadership development skills training,  job  placement  assist-
     7  ance,  and  long-term  follow-up  services necessary for them to achieve
     8  permanent economic self-sufficiency, while at the  same  time  providing
     9  valuable community service that addresses urgent community needs includ-
    10  ing the demand for affordable housing and the need for young role models
    11  and mentors for younger teenagers and children.
    12    The  legislature  further intends to foster the development of leader-
    13  ship skills and a commitment to community development among youth and to
    14  ensure maximum educational achievement of program  participants  through
    15  high  school  diploma  or  the  equivalent  attainment and transition to
    16  institutions of higher education, where appropriate.
    17    The legislature further intends to provide communities the opportunity
    18  to establish or rebuild neighborhood stability in economically depressed
    19  and low-income areas, as well as historic areas requiring restoration or
    20  preservation, while providing economically disadvantaged youth and youth
    21  who have not finished  high  school  an  opportunity  for  a  meaningful
    22  participation in society.
         EXPLANATION--Matter in italics (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                              [ ] is old law to be omitted.

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     1    The  legislature  further  intends  to allow communities to expand the
     2  supply of affordable housing for homeless and other low-income  individ-
     3  uals by utilizing the energies and talents of economically disadvantaged
     4  youth and young people who have not graduated from high school.
     5    The  legislature  also intends to foster the development of leadership
     6  skills and a commitment to community development among youth.
     7    § 3. The labor law is amended by adding a new section 42-a to read  as
     8  follows:
     9    § 42-a. YouthBuild; program requirements services.  1. The commission-
    10  er is authorized, subject to amounts made available by appropriation, to
    11  make  grants  to  eligible  applicants  for  the purpose of carrying out
    12  YouthBuild programs as approved under this section. All programs  funded
    13  pursuant  to  the  provisions  of this section shall use funds available
    14  pursuant to this section to provide the following services:
    15    a. The training costs for the rehabilitation or construction of  hous-
    16  ing  and  related  facilities  to  be  used for the purpose of providing
    17  homeownership for disadvantaged persons, residential housing  for  home-
    18  less  individuals, and low-income and very low-income families, or tran-
    19  sitional housing for persons who are homeless,  have  disabilities,  are
    20  ill,  are  deinstitutionalized,  or have special needs, or the rehabili-
    21  tation or construction of community facilities owned  by  not-for-profit
    22  public agencies.
    23    b. The cost of providing training and placement in the growing employ-
    24  ment sectors of healthcare and technology.
    25    c.  The cost of integrated education and work experience skills train-
    26  ing services and activities which are evenly divided within the  program
    27  shall include the following elements:
    28    (1)  An  education component which includes: basic skills instruction,
    29  secondary education services, and other activities designed to  lead  to
    30  the  attainment  of a high school diploma or its equivalent. The curric-
    31  ulum for this component shall include math,  language  arts,  vocational
    32  education,  life skills training, social studies related to the cultural
    33  and community history of the  students,  leadership  skills,  and  other
    34  topics at the discretion of the programs; and
    35    (2) A work experience and skills training component pre-apprenticeship
    36  program   that   includes  construction  and  rehabilitation  activities
    37  described  in  paragraph  a  of  this  subdivision.   The   process   of
    38  construction  must  be  coupled with work experience skills training and
    39  with close on-site supervision by experienced trainers.  The  curriculum
    40  for this component shall contain a set of locally agreed upon skills and
    41  competencies  that  are  systematically  taught,  with students' mastery
    42  assessed individually on a regular, ongoing basis.  The work  experience
    43  and skills training component shall be coordinated to the maximum extent
    44  feasible  with  preapprenticeship  programs, and apprenticeship programs
    45  authorized under article twenty-three of this chapter.
    46    d. The cost of counseling services designed to assist participants  to
    47  positively  participate  in  society,  which  should  include all of the
    48  following if necessary: outreach, assessment, and orientation;  individ-
    49  ual  and  peer  counseling; life skills training; drug and alcohol abuse
    50  education and prevention; and referral  to  appropriate  drug  rehabili-
    51  tation,  medical,  mental health, legal, housing, and other services and
    52  resources in the community.
    53    2. A training subsidy, living allowance, or stipend that shall  be  no
    54  less  than minimum wage must be provided to program participants for the
    55  time spent at the worksite in  construction  training,  health  care  or

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     1  information  technology  services. Stipends and wages may be distributed
     2  in a manner that offers incentives for good performance.
     3    a.  Full  time  participation in a YouthBuild program shall be offered
     4  for a period of not less than six months and not more  than  twenty-four
     5  months.
     6    b.  A  concentrated  effort,  for those participants who choose not to
     7  immediately enroll in an institution of higher education, shall be  made
     8  to  find construction, construction-related, and nonconstruction jobs as
     9  well as jobs in the fields of healthcare and technology for  all  gradu-
    10  ates  of the program who have performed well. The work experience skills
    11  training curriculum shall provide participants  with  basic  preparation
    12  for  seeking  and maintaining a job. Follow-up counseling and assistance
    13  in job-seeking shall also be provided to  participants  for  the  twelve
    14  months following graduation from the program.
    15    c.  All programs serving twenty-eight trainees or more are required to
    16  have a full-time  director  responsible  for  the  coordination  of  all
    17  aspects of the YouthBuild program.
    18    3.  a. Eligible participants are youth between the ages of sixteen and
    19  twenty-four who are economically disadvantaged as defined in  29  United
    20  States Code 1503, and who are part of one of the following groups:
    21    (1)  Persons  who are not attending any school and have not received a
    22  secondary school diploma or its equivalent; or
    23    (2) Persons currently enrolled in a traditional or alternative  school
    24  setting  or a HSE/TASC (high school equivalency/test assessing secondary
    25  completion) program and who are in danger of dropping out of school; or
    26    (3) Very low-income persons whose incomes are at or  less  than  fifty
    27  percent  of  the  area  median income area, adjusted for family size, as
    28  estimated by the department of housing and urban development.
    29    b. An exception may be made for  individuals  not  meeting  income  or
    30  educational  need requirements. Not more than twenty-five percent of the
    31  participants in such program may be individuals  who  do  not  meet  the
    32  requirements  of  subdivision three of this section, but who have educa-
    33  tional needs despite the attainment of a high school diploma.
    34    4. Priority in the awarding of funds under this section shall be given
    35  to applicants with  experience  in  operating  YouthBuild  programs  and
    36  implementing the YouthBuild model, including but not limited to, housing
    37  construction  skills  training,  education, leadership development, life
    38  skills training, and counseling services. Priority shall also  be  given
    39  to those who meet the program standards of YouthBuild USA, Inc.
    40    5.  Any not-for-profit private agencies, or public agencies with expe-
    41  rience operating a YouthBuild program or  with  a  plan  to  incubate  a
    42  YouthBuild  program  until  it  can  be  established as a not-for-profit
    43  private agency are eligible entities. Only not-for-profit private  agen-
    44  cies  or public agencies that are licensed affiliates of YouthBuild USA,
    45  Inc. or currently receive a department of labor  YouthBuild  award,  are
    46  eligible  to  use  the  term  YouthBuild  or eligible to apply for these
    47  funds.
    48    6. The commissioner shall require applicants for YouthBuild  funds  to
    49  include  various  information  on  the  applicant's  programs  and shall
    50  promulgate regulations outlining information required on such applicant.
    51  Provided, however, that at a minimum such application shall include:
    52    a. A request for an implementation grant, specifying the amount of the
    53  grant requested and its proposed uses;
    54    b. A description of the applicant and a statement  of  its  qualifica-
    55  tions,  including  a  description  of  the  applicant's  past experience
    56  running a YouthBuild program, and its experience with housing  rehabili-

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     1  tation or construction and with youth and youth education, youth leader-
     2  ship  development  and work experience skills training programs, and its
     3  relationship with local unions and youth  apprenticeship  programs,  and
     4  other community groups; and
     5    c.  A description of the educational and work experience skills train-
     6  ing activities, work opportunities, and other  services  that  shall  be
     7  provided to participants.
     8    §  4. This act shall take effect one year after it shall have become a
     9  law.