Synopsis As Introduced Creates the Afterschool Youth Development Project Act. Provides that because it is the policy of this State to provide all young people between the ages of 6 and 19 with access to quality afterschool programs through a State commitment to sufficient and sustainable funding for programs that promote positive youth development, the Illinois Youth Development Council is created. Provides that the purpose of the Council is to provide oversight and coordination to the State's public funds currently invested to support positive youth development programs and activities and to set system-wide policies and priorities to accomplish 5 specified objectives. Provides that the Council shall be governed by a board of no less than 28 and no more than 32 members and that the Council shall reflect the regional, racial, socio-economic, and cultural diversity of the State to ensure representation of the needs of all Illinois youth. Contains provisions concerning Council member appointments; the establishment of an independent Youth Advisory Group; the major objectives of the Council; afterschool demonstration programs; reporting requirements; and other matters. Provides that the Council shall be created within the Department of Human Services and that the Department shall provide resources to the Council including administrative services and data collection. Effective immediately.
Senate Committee Amendment No. 1 Adds language providing that participation in the Afterschool Demonstration Program shall be given to entities with experience in providing afterschool programs in Illinois.
Senate Committee Amendment No. 2 Provides that three young people who are between the ages of 16 and 21 and who are members of the Youth Advisory Group shall sit on the Illinois Youth Development Council (rather than three young people between the ages of 16 and 24). Provides that, in relation to the Youth Advisory Group, this youth civic engagement organization shall administer the application requirements and process and shall nominate 30 youth, and that the Department of Human Services shall select 15 of the nominees for the Youth Advisory Group, 3 of whom shall serve on the Council. Requires the outcome evaluation report on the Demonstration Program to be submitted to the Governor, the General Assembly, the Council, and the Youth Advisory Group (rather than, the Council, the Governor, and the General Assembly).
Senate Floor Amendment No. 3 Provides that the creation and establishment of the Illinois Youth Development Council, the Youth Advisory Group, and the Afterschool Demonstration Program shall be subject to appropriations, however the Department of Human Services shall be permitted to accept private funding or private resources at any time to implement this Act.