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92_SB0362 LRB9201950NTsb 1 AN ACT concerning a youth service scholarship program. 2 Be it enacted by the People of the State of Illinois, 3 represented in the General Assembly: 4 Section 1. Short title. This Act may be cited as the 5 Youth Service Scholarship Act. 6 Section 5. Intent. It is the intent of the General 7 Assembly to establish the Youth Service Scholarship Program 8 to accomplish all of the following goals: 9 (1) Provide this State's youth with opportunities to do 10 all of the following: 11 (A) Give back to their communities through service. 12 (B) Enhance their access to a college education. 13 (C) Develop, in "real life" situations, the skills 14 and understanding critical to their development as 15 students, workers, and community members. 16 (D) Develop a lifelong ethic of service and a 17 richer understanding of citizenship in a democratic 18 society. 19 (2) Deter juvenile delinquency by providing this State's 20 youth with after school and intersession alternatives that 21 promote public service. 22 (3) Form a partnership between schools and community 23 organizations dedicated to building responsibility and 24 broadening higher education opportunities for this State's 25 youth. 26 (4) Mobilize youth, an often neglected resource, in 27 service that meets the critical needs of their communities 28 by, for example, tutoring preschool children in reading, 29 assisting licensed providers' care for infants and toddlers, 30 helping with after school recreational programs and 31 nutritional programs for elementary school pupils, helping -2- LRB9201950NTsb 1 the frail and elderly to live independently, contributing to 2 neighborhood cleanup and housing rehabilitation projects, and 3 assisting their peers to become involved in community 4 service. 5 Section 10. Definitions. In this Act: 6 "Commission" means the Illinois Commission on Community 7 Service. 8 "Program" means the Youth Service Scholarship Program. 9 Section 15. Establishment of Program; availability to 10 consortia. 11 (a) There is hereby established the Youth Service 12 Scholarship Program, a pilot program, to be administered by 13 the Commission. The Program shall be in effect for fiscal 14 years 2002 through 2006, and the Program shall be made 15 available to consortia that are comprised of one or more 16 school districts that operate schools with grades 9 through 17 12 and at least 3 community-based organizations. The 18 consortia shall be selected for participation in the program 19 on a competitive basis by the Commission. 20 (b) A pupil may be selected by a consortium to earn a 21 scholarship while the pupil is enrolled in any of grades 9 22 through 12 in a public school located in this State that is 23 involved in the consortium. The pupil may redeem the 24 scholarship if the pupil enrolls in a private or public 25 postsecondary or vocational institution located in this State 26 by December 1 of the year the pupil graduates from high 27 school or receives a high school equivalency certificate. A 28 student may defer redeeming the scholarship for 2 years. A 29 pupil wishing to defer his or her scholarship shall notify 30 the Commission, in writing, by December 1 of the year the 31 pupil graduates from high school or receives a high school 32 equivalency certificate. A pupil may also defer redeeming -3- LRB9201950NTsb 1 the scholarship for longer than 2 years if the pupil enters 2 service in AmeriCorps, another national service program, or a 3 branch of the United States Armed Services, in which case the 4 scholarship shall be redeemed upon completion of the service. 5 The Commission may grant a request to delay redemption of a 6 scholarship beyond 2 years for other reasons on a case by 7 case basis. 8 (c) In the event that the Commission ceases to exist, 9 the Program shall be administered by the Illinois Student 10 Assistance Commission. 11 Section 20. Award of scholarships. Upon completion of 12 100 hours of volunteer community service, as defined by the 13 Commission pursuant to Section 35 of this Act, performed 14 between September 1 of one year and August 31 of the next 15 year, a pupil shall earn a scholarship in the amount of $500. 16 The maximum amount of a scholarship is $2,000, provided a 17 pupil performs the required amount of community service 18 during each of grades 9 through 12. A scholarship shall only 19 be used for tuition, fees, books, supplies, and living 20 expenses. If possible, an equal number of scholarships shall 21 be awarded to pupils enrolled in each of grades 9 through 12. 22 Section 25. Service sites. 23 (a) The community service described in Section 20 of 24 this Act shall only be performed at service sites that are 25 approved by the consortium, based on guidelines developed by 26 the Commission, pursuant to Sections 30 and 35 of this Act. 27 (b) A service site may not provide any salary or stipend 28 to the pupils performing community service in conjunction 29 with the Program. 30 (c) Any public or private not for profit organization, 31 including a school, located in this State is eligible to 32 participate as a service site if the service to be provided -4- LRB9201950NTsb 1 by pupils seeking to earn scholarships meets the definition 2 of community service developed by the Commission pursuant to 3 Section 35 of this Act. 4 (d) The consortia shall give priority to service sites 5 that meet the needs of low-income youth or focus on reducing 6 juvenile delinquency, or both. 7 (e) The Commission shall ensure that consortia and 8 participating service sites comply with all applicable State 9 and federal child welfare laws. 10 Section 30. Selection of pupils and consortia; 11 application. 12 (a) The Commission shall develop guidelines to be used 13 by the consortia to select pupils to participate in the 14 Program. These guidelines shall give selection priority to 15 pupils who will participate in academically meaningful 16 community service. 17 (b) The Commission shall develop guidelines for 18 selecting consortia for participation in the Program. The 19 Commission shall give priority to consortia with a 20 participating school district that serves a high percentage 21 of students qualifying for a free lunch under the federal 22 Child Nutrition Act of 1966. 23 (c) The Commission shall attempt to include an equal 24 distribution of consortia serving urban, rural, and suburban 25 communities. 26 (d) The Commission shall develop an application form and 27 instructions for completion of the form to be used by 28 consortia when applying for participation in the program. 29 The Commission shall notify all eligible school districts 30 about the Program and shall include a copy of the application 31 form and instructions with the notice. 32 Section 35. Community service defined. The Commission, -5- LRB9201950NTsb 1 in consultation with the State Board of Education, shall 2 define eligible community service based on the definitions of 3 community service used in the federal work-study program and 4 the National and Community Service Act of 1990, as amended by 5 the National and Community Service Trust Act of 1993. 6 Section 40. Administrative costs. Administrative costs 7 under this Act shall not exceed actual costs up to a maximum 8 of 10% in fiscal year 2002 and 6% thereafter. The Commission 9 shall reimburse a participating school district within a 10 consortium for administrative costs incurred in administering 11 the Program, in an amount that does not exceed 5% of the 12 amount of each scholarship administered by that school 13 district. 14 Section 45. Study. By July 1, 2005, the Commission 15 shall submit to the General Assembly a study of the efficacy 16 of the Program. The study shall include, but is not limited 17 to, all of the following: 18 (1) The demand for scholarships by grade level. 19 (2) The demand for pupil participants by service 20 sites. 21 (3) General background data on participating pupils 22 and consortia. 23 (4) Types of service performed by participating 24 pupils. 25 (5) An itemization of costs for administering the 26 Program. 27 Section 50. Appropriation of funds. This Act shall be 28 implemented only to the extent that funds for that purpose 29 are appropriated. 30 Section 990. Repealer. This Act is repealed on January -6- LRB9201950NTsb 1 1, 2007. 2 Section 999. Effective date. This Act takes effect upon 3 becoming law.
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