Bill S1400-2013

Creates youth employment and career development program in N.Y. city high schools administered by N.Y. city board of education; appropriation

Creates a youth employment and career development program in New York city high schools administered by New York city board of education to encourage the development of part and full-time jobs for high school students and graduates, provide students with job training, placement services and career counseling and assist high school faculty in developing and implementing a curriculum to provide students with work-competency training; makes $7,500,000 appropriation upon New York city appropriating and paying matching funds.

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BILL NUMBER:S1400

TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the education law, in relation to creating a youth employment and career development program and making an appropriation therefor

PURPOSE: To create a program in New York City high schools to encourage the development of job opportunities for high school students and graduates who need jobs and coordinate their work and schooling in order to allow time for earning a high school diploma while they are employed.

SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS: The bill establishes a "Youth Employment and Career Development Program" operated by the Board of Education and located in high school buildings. The program is required to operate like a business, 8-hour day, 5 days per week, all year. It will provide students with job training, placement services and career counseling. The program would be run in each high school that requests a program and each school would have a job coordinator, career counselor and other support staff as necessary. Programs would be initiated by the principal of the high school who would place a written request to the Chancellor. While the bill provides for a phase-in of these programs, all high schools may have such a program within 3 years of enactment of the legislation.

JUSTIFICATION: Many students find it a necessity to work in order to help support their family. Jobs are difficult to find, driving some youngsters to illegal activities and preventing them from being able to attend school during regular school hours. The New York City partnership has established a pilot program called "New York Working." This program, which was expanded to 16 high schools, has been showing great promise in helping students find jobs and still attend school. Over 3,000 students have been placed in full-time, part-time, or summer jobs in the past year.

However, the Partnership funds for the program have been exhausted. Half of the high schools that have a "New York Working" program have had to eliminate the career counselor an integral part of the program. Such a successful program should be expanded, not left to die. This bill would make sure that in fact it is expanded and institutionalized.

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: 2000: S.7600 Died in Committee 2002: S.2025 Died in Committee 2004: S.2312 Died in Committee 2006: S.1807 Died in Committee 2008: S.4031 Died in Committee 2010: S.4150-A Died in Committee 2012: S.1722 Died in Committee

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: $15 million impact when fully implemented.

EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall take effect immediately; provided, however, that the amendments to section 2590-g of the education law made by section one of this act shall survive the expiration and

reversion of such section as provided by section 34 of chapter 91 of the laws of 2002, as amended.


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STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 1400 2013-2014 Regular Sessions IN SENATE (PREFILED) January 9, 2013 ___________
Introduced by Sens. MONTGOMERY, DILAN, HASSELL-THOMPSON -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Finance AN ACT to amend the education law, in relation to creating a youth employment and career development program and making an appropriation therefor THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. Section 2590-g of the education law is amended by adding a new subdivision 13 to read as follows: 13. A. ESTABLISH A YOUTH EMPLOYMENT AND CAREER DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM, AS FOLLOWS: (1) THERE SHALL BE A YOUTH EMPLOYMENT AND CAREER DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM ADMINISTERED BY THE BOARD OF EDUCATION. THE PROGRAM SHALL ENCOURAGE THE DEVELOPMENT OF PART TIME AND FULL TIME JOBS FOR HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS AND GRADUATES, PROVIDE STUDENTS WITH JOB TRAINING, PLACEMENT SERVICES AND CAREER COUNSELING AND ASSIST HIGH SCHOOL FACULTY IN DEVELOPING AND IMPLEMENTING A CURRICULUM TO PROVIDE STUDENTS WITH WORK-COMPETENCY TRAINING. (2) SUBJECT TO THE PROVISIONS OF PARAGRAPH C OF THIS SUBDIVISION, EACH HIGH SCHOOL IN NEW YORK CITY MAY HAVE A YOUTH EMPLOYMENT AND CAREER DEVELOPMENT OFFICE STAFFED BY A JOB COORDINATOR, A CAREER SPECIALIST AND SUCH SUPPORT STAFF AS PERMITTED BY BUDGET ALLOCATIONS THEREFOR. (3) THE JOB COORDINATOR SHALL: (I) ACT AS LIAISON BETWEEN THE DIRECTORS OF ALL EMPLOYMENT-RELATED PROGRAMS WITHIN THE SCHOOL, INCLUDING COOPERATIVE EDUCATION PROGRAMS, TRAINING OPPORTUNITIES PROGRAMS AND SCHOOL TO EMPLOYMENT PROGRAMS; (II) CONDUCT JOB AND CAREER FAIRS; (III) ORGANIZE FIELD TRIPS TO BUSINESSES AND THE NEW YORK CITY JOB AND CAREER CENTER;
(IV) WORK CLOSELY WITH THE NEW YORK CITY BOARD OF EDUCATION WORK EXPE- RIENCE AND TRAINING UNIT; AND (V) COMPILE AND MAINTAIN CURRENT LISTS OF ALL JOBS AVAILABLE TO BE FILLED BY PROGRAM PARTICIPANTS INCLUDING FULL TIME AND PART TIME EMPLOY- MENT OPPORTUNITIES. (4) THE JOB DEVELOPER SHALL: (I) SOLICIT EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES FOR HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS FROM EMPLOYERS REPRESENTING THE PUBLIC SECTOR, PRIVATE SECTOR, COMMUNITY-BASED ORGANIZATIONS AND INTERNSHIP PROGRAMS; (II) ENDEAVOR TO INCREASE INTERNSHIP OPPORTUNITIES AND DEVELOP OTHER WORK-EXPERIENCE PROGRAMS FOR STUDENTS; (III) ASSIST PROGRAM PARTICIPANTS IN SECURING FULL TIME AND PART TIME SCHOOL YEAR AND SUMMER EMPLOYMENT; (IV) PROVIDE TRAINING IN RESUME DRAFTING AND INTERVIEWING SKILLS TO PROGRAM PARTICIPANTS; (V) ASSIST SCHOOL OFFICIALS TO DEVELOP FLEXIBLE ACADEMIC SCHEDULES FOR PROGRAM PARTICIPANTS TO FACILITATE THE COMPLETION OF HIGH SCHOOL WHILE THE STUDENT IS EMPLOYED; (VI) ACT AS AN ADVOCATE FOR PROGRAM PARTICIPANTS IF DIFFICULTIES ARISE IN THE WORKPLACE; AND (VII) CONTINUE TO PROVIDE JOB PLACEMENT AND COUNSELING SERVICES TO PROGRAM PARTICIPANTS ONE YEAR SUBSEQUENT TO GRADUATION. (5) ALL PROGRAM STAFF SHALL BE EMPLOYED PURSUANT TO APPLICABLE CITY AND STATE REGULATIONS. B. EACH SCHOOL OPERATING A YOUTH EMPLOYMENT AND CAREER DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM SHALL BE EQUIPPED WITH AN OFFICE OR CLASSROOM TO ACCOMMODATE PROGRAM STAFF. THE OFFICE SHALL CONTAIN APPROPRIATE FURNITURE, CARPET- ING, TELEPHONES, TELEFAX MACHINES, COPYING MACHINES AND OTHER OFFICE SUPPLIES NECESSARY TO ESTABLISH THE ATMOSPHERE OF A MODERN BUSINESS OFFICE. THIS OFFICE SHALL BE OPEN EIGHT HOURS PER DAY, ON A YEAR-ROUND BASIS, AND SHALL BE USED TO ACCOMMODATE PROGRAM STAFF AND TO FACILITATE STUDENT CAREER TRAINING AND COUNSELING. C. ANY HIGH SCHOOL PRINCIPAL WISHING TO IMPLEMENT THE YOUTH EMPLOYMENT AND CAREER DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM IN HIS OR HER HIGH SCHOOL SHALL SUBMIT A WRITTEN REQUEST TO THE CHANCELLOR OF THE BOARD OF EDUCATION FOR SUCH PROGRAM. THE CHANCELLOR SHALL SELECT THE HIGH SCHOOLS IN WHICH THE PROGRAM SHALL BE IMPLEMENTED. THE CHANCELLOR SHALL TAKE ALL STEPS NECES- SARY TO IMPLEMENT THE PROGRAM IN THE SELECTED SCHOOLS IN A PROMPT MANNER; PROVIDED, HOWEVER, THAT, ONE YEAR AFTER THE EFFECTIVE DATE OF THIS SUBDIVISION, THE PROGRAM MAY BE IMPLEMENTED IN NO MORE THAN THIR- TY-TWO NEW YORK CITY HIGH SCHOOLS. WITHIN TWO YEARS AFTER THE EFFECTIVE DATE OF THIS SUBDIVISION, THE PROGRAM MAY BE IMPLEMENTED IN NO MORE THAN SIXTY-FOUR NEW YORK CITY HIGH SCHOOLS; AND WITHIN THREE YEARS AFTER THE EFFECTIVE DATE OF THIS SUBDIVISION, THE PROGRAM MAY BE IMPLEMENTED IN EVERY NEW YORK CITY HIGH SCHOOL. S 2. Section 2590-g of the education law is amended by adding a new subdivision 7 to read as follows: 7. A. ESTABLISH A YOUTH EMPLOYMENT AND CAREER DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM, AS FOLLOWS: (1) THERE SHALL BE A YOUTH EMPLOYMENT AND CAREER DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM ADMINISTERED BY THE BOARD OF EDUCATION. THE PROGRAM SHALL ENCOURAGE THE DEVELOPMENT OF PART TIME AND FULL TIME JOBS FOR HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS AND GRADUATES, PROVIDE STUDENTS WITH JOB TRAINING, PLACEMENT SERVICES AND CAREER COUNSELING AND ASSIST HIGH SCHOOL FACULTY IN DEVELOPING AND IMPLEMENTING A CURRICULUM TO PROVIDE STUDENTS WITH WORK-COMPETENCY TRAINING.
(2) SUBJECT TO THE PROVISIONS OF PARAGRAPH C OF THIS SUBDIVISION, EACH HIGH SCHOOL IN NEW YORK CITY MAY HAVE A YOUTH EMPLOYMENT AND CAREER DEVELOPMENT OFFICE STAFFED BY A JOB COORDINATOR, A CAREER SPECIALIST AND SUCH SUPPORT STAFF AS PERMITTED BY BUDGET ALLOCATIONS THEREFOR. (3) THE JOB COORDINATOR SHALL: (I) ACT AS LIAISON BETWEEN THE DIRECTORS OF ALL EMPLOYMENT-RELATED PROGRAMS WITHIN THE SCHOOL, INCLUDING COOPERATIVE EDUCATION PROGRAMS, TRAINING OPPORTUNITIES PROGRAMS AND SCHOOL TO EMPLOYMENT PROGRAMS; (II) CONDUCT JOB AND CAREER FAIRS; (III) ORGANIZE FIELD TRIPS TO BUSINESSES AND THE NEW YORK CITY JOB AND CAREER CENTER; (IV) WORK CLOSELY WITH THE NEW YORK CITY BOARD OF EDUCATION WORK EXPE- RIENCE AND TRAINING UNIT; AND (V) COMPILE AND MAINTAIN CURRENT LISTS OF ALL JOBS AVAILABLE TO BE FILLED BY PROGRAM PARTICIPANTS INCLUDING FULL TIME AND PART TIME EMPLOY- MENT OPPORTUNITIES. (4) THE JOB DEVELOPER SHALL: (I) SOLICIT EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES FOR HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS FROM EMPLOYERS REPRESENTING THE PUBLIC SECTOR, PRIVATE SECTOR, COMMUNITY-BASED ORGANIZATIONS AND INTERNSHIP PROGRAMS; (II) ENDEAVOR TO INCREASE INTERNSHIP OPPORTUNITIES AND DEVELOP OTHER WORK-EXPERIENCE PROGRAMS FOR STUDENTS; (III) ASSIST PROGRAM PARTICIPANTS IN SECURING FULL TIME AND PART TIME SCHOOL YEAR AND SUMMER EMPLOYMENT; (IV) PROVIDE TRAINING IN RESUME DRAFTING AND INTERVIEWING SKILLS TO PROGRAM PARTICIPANTS; (V) ASSIST SCHOOL OFFICIALS TO DEVELOP FLEXIBLE ACADEMIC SCHEDULES FOR PROGRAM PARTICIPANTS TO FACILITATE THE COMPLETION OF HIGH SCHOOL WHILE THE STUDENT IS EMPLOYED; (VI) ACT AS AN ADVOCATE FOR PROGRAM PARTICIPANTS IF DIFFICULTIES ARISE IN THE WORKPLACE; AND (VII) CONTINUE TO PROVIDE JOB PLACEMENT AND COUNSELING SERVICES TO PROGRAM PARTICIPANTS ONE YEAR SUBSEQUENT TO GRADUATION. (5) ALL PROGRAM STAFF SHALL BE EMPLOYED PURSUANT TO APPLICABLE CITY AND STATE REGULATIONS. B. EACH SCHOOL OPERATING A YOUTH EMPLOYMENT AND CAREER DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM SHALL BE EQUIPPED WITH AN OFFICE OR CLASSROOM TO ACCOMMODATE PROGRAM STAFF. THE OFFICE SHALL CONTAIN APPROPRIATE FURNITURE, CARPET- ING, TELEPHONES, TELEFAX MACHINES, COPYING MACHINES AND OTHER OFFICE SUPPLIES NECESSARY TO ESTABLISH THE ATMOSPHERE OF A MODERN BUSINESS OFFICE. THIS OFFICE SHALL BE OPENED EIGHT HOURS PER DAY, ON A YEAR-ROUND BASIS, AND SHALL BE USED TO ACCOMMODATE PROGRAM STAFF AND TO FACILITATE STUDENT CAREER TRAINING AND COUNSELING. C. ANY HIGH SCHOOL PRINCIPAL WISHING TO IMPLEMENT THE YOUTH EMPLOYMENT AND CAREER DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM IN HIS OR HER HIGH SCHOOL SHALL SUBMIT A WRITTEN REQUEST TO THE CHANCELLOR OF THE BOARD OF EDUCATION FOR SUCH PROGRAM. THE CHANCELLOR SHALL SELECT THE HIGH SCHOOLS IN WHICH THE PROGRAM SHALL BE IMPLEMENTED. THE CHANCELLOR SHALL TAKE ALL STEPS NECES- SARY TO IMPLEMENT THE PROGRAM IN THE SELECTED SCHOOLS IN A PROMPT MANNER; PROVIDED, HOWEVER, THAT, ONE YEAR AFTER THE EFFECTIVE DATE OF THIS SUBDIVISION, THE PROGRAM MAY BE IMPLEMENTED IN NO MORE THAN THIR- TY-TWO NEW YORK CITY HIGH SCHOOLS. WITHIN TWO YEARS AFTER THE EFFECTIVE DATE OF THIS SUBDIVISION, THE PROGRAM MAY BE IMPLEMENTED IN NO MORE THAN SIXTY-FOUR NEW YORK CITY HIGH SCHOOLS; AND WITHIN THREE YEARS AFTER THE EFFECTIVE DATE OF THIS SUBDIVISION, THE PROGRAM MAY BE IMPLEMENTED IN EVERY NEW YORK CITY HIGH SCHOOL.
S 3. The sum of seven million five hundred thousand dollars ($7,500,000), or so much thereof as may be necessary, is hereby appro- priated to the department of education from any monies in the state treasury in the general fund to the credit of the local assistance account for purposes of providing for the state's share of the necessary appropriation to the board of education of the city of New York for the operation of the youth employment and career development program estab- lished by this act provided, however, that no expenditures shall be made available from this appropriation for any purpose unless and until an appropriation to such board of education of the city of New York is made by such city and then only in amounts matching such moneys paid to such board of education. Such sum shall be payable on the audit and warrant of the state comptroller on vouchers certified or approved by the commissioner of education, or his or her duly designated representative in the manner provided by law. Consistent with the foregoing provisions of this act, no expenditure shall be made from this appropriation until a certificate of approval of availability shall have been issued by the director of the budget and filed with the state comptroller and a copy filed with the chairman of the senate finance committee and the chairman of the assembly ways and means committee. Such certificate may be amended from time to time by the director of the budget and a copy of each such amendment shall be filed with the state comptroller, the chairman of the senate finance committee and the chairman of the assem- bly ways and means committee. S 4. This act shall take effect immediately; provided, however, that the amendments to section 2590-g of the education law made by section one of this act shall be subject to the expiration and reversion of such section pursuant to section 34 of chapter 91 of the laws of 2002, as amended, when upon such date the provisions of section two of this act shall take effect.

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