State of Illinois
2019 and 2020


Introduced , by Rep. Rita Mayfield


20 ILCS 1315/15

    Amends the Illinois Youthbuild Act. In language providing that the Secretary of Human Services shall make grants to applicants for the purpose of carrying out approved Youthbuild programs, deletes language providing that the grantmaking is subject to appropriation. Effective July 1, 2019.

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1    AN ACT concerning State government.
2    Be it enacted by the People of the State of Illinois,
3represented in the General Assembly:
4    Section 5. The Illinois Youthbuild Act is amended by
5changing Section 15 as follows:
6    (20 ILCS 1315/15)
7    Sec. 15. Program requirements. The Secretary shall,
8subject to appropriation, make grants to applicants for the
9purpose of carrying out Youthbuild programs as approved under
10this Section. All programs funded pursuant to the provisions of
11this Section shall reflect strong youth and community
12involvement. In addition, funding provided under this Section
13shall be used by each Youthbuild program to provide, at a
14minimum, the following services:
15        (a) Acquisition, rehabilitation, acquisition and
16    rehabilitation, or construction of housing and related
17    facilities to be used for the purpose of providing home
18    ownership for disadvantaged persons, residential housing
19    for homeless individuals, and low-income and very
20    low-income families, or transitional housing for persons
21    who are homeless, have disabilities, are ill, are
22    deinstitutionalized, or have special needs, and
23    rehabilitation or construction of community facilities



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1    owned by not-for-profit or public agencies.
2        (b) Integrated education and job skills training
3    services and activities which are evenly divided within the
4    program, with 50% of students' time spent in
5    classroom-based instruction, counseling, and leadership
6    development instruction and 50% of their time spent in
7    experiential training on the construction site. The
8    programs shall include, at a minimum, the following
9    elements:
10            (1) An education component which includes basic
11        skills instruction, secondary education services, and
12        other activities designed to lead to the attainment of
13        a high school diploma or its equivalent. The curriculum
14        for this component shall include math, language arts,
15        vocational education, life skills training, social
16        studies related to the cultural and community history
17        of the students, leadership skills, and other topics at
18        the discretion of the programs. Bilingual services
19        shall be available for individuals with
20        limited-English proficiency. The desired minimum
21        teacher to student ratio shall be one teacher for every
22        18 students.
23            (2) A work experience and skills training
24        component program that includes the construction and
25        rehabilitation activities described in subsection (a).
26        The process of construction must be coupled with skills



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1        training and with close on-site supervision by
2        experienced trainers. The curriculum for this
3        component shall contain a set of locally agreed upon
4        skills and competencies that are systematically
5        taught, with a student's mastery assessed individually
6        on a regular, ongoing basis. Safety skills shall be
7        taught at the outset. The desired trainer to student
8        ratio shall be one trainer for every 7 students. The
9        work experience and skills training component shall be
10        coordinated to the maximum extent feasible with
11        preapprenticeship and apprenticeship programs.
12            (3) Assistance in attaining post secondary
13        education and required financial aid shall be made
14        available to participants prior to graduation.
15        (c) Counseling services designed to assist
16    participants to positively participate in society, which
17    should include all of the following if necessary: outreach,
18    assessment, and orientation; individual and peer
19    counseling; life skills training, drug and alcohol abuse
20    education and prevention; and referral to appropriate drug
21    rehabilitation, medical, mental health, legal, housing,
22    and other services and resources in the community. The
23    desired counselor to participant ratio shall be one
24    counselor for every 28 students.
25        (d) Leadership development training that provides
26    participants with meaningful opportunities to develop



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1    leadership skills such as decision making, problem
2    solving, and negotiating. The program must also encourage
3    participants to develop strong peer group ties that support
4    their mutual pursuit of skills and values.
5        All programs must establish a youth council in which
6    participants are afforded opportunities to develop public
7    speaking and negotiating skills, and management and policy
8    making participation in specific aspects of the program.
9        (e) Stipends and wages. A training subsidy, living
10    allowance, or stipend that will be no less than minimum
11    wage must be provided to program participants for the time
12    spent at the worksite in construction training. For those
13    participants who receive public assistance, this training
14    subsidy, living allowance, or stipend will not affect their
15    housing benefits, medical benefits, child care benefits or
16    food stamp benefits. Stipends and wages may be distributed
17    in a manner that offers incentives for good performance.
18        (f) Full time participation in a Youthbuild program
19    shall be offered for a period of not less than 6 months and
20    not more than 24 months.
21        (g) A concentrated effort shall be made to find
22    construction, construction-related, and nonconstruction
23    jobs for all graduates of the program who have performed
24    well. The skills training curriculum shall provide
25    participants with basic preparation for seeking and
26    maintaining a job. Follow-up counseling and assistance in



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1    job-seeking shall also be provided to participants for at
2    least 12 months following graduation from the program.
3        (h) All programs serving 28 trainees or more are
4    required to have a full-time director responsible for the
5    coordination of all aspects of the Youthbuild program.
6(Source: P.A. 95-524, eff. 8-28-07.)
7    Section 99. Effective date. This Act takes effect July 1,