Establishes a mentoring program within the office of children and family services to assist juveniles released from juvenile facilities in the development of life skills in the city of New York; provides that mentors shall be students from the city university of New York who shall receive money towards tuition or course credit from such university; directs the commissioner of the office of children and family services to promulgate necessary rules and regulations.
TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the executive law, in relation to establishing a mentoring program within the office of children and family services
SUMMARY: This bill would establish a mentoring program for youth released from facilities of the Office of children and Family Services (OCFS) in New York city within ninety days. As part of the program, OCFS shall enter into agreements with City University of New York students to serve as mentor-role models for selected youths. In return, the students will receive either payment from OCFS toward their education or course credit from CUNY.
The bill would add a new section 504-c to the executive law to establish the program.
JUSTIFICATION: This bill addresses an urgent need among the troubled youth in New York City. Although OCFS has programs in place to treat youth who have run a foul of the law, far too little is being done for them post release. This bill would create a new program, using motivated and successful CUNY students as mentors, to encourage these young people to turn their lives around and become productive members of society, thereby continuing to assist them even after their release from OCFS facilities.
FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: Minimal Cost to State.
LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: 2011-12: S.6215 - Referred to Children and Families
EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall take effect immediately.
STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 3209 2013-2014 Regular Sessions IN SENATE January 31, 2013 ___________Introduced by Sen. PARKER -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Children and Families AN ACT to amend the executive law, in relation to establishing a mentor- ing program within the office of children and family services THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. The executive law is amended by adding a new section 504-c to read as follows: S 504-C. MENTORING PROGRAM FOR YOUTH. 1. THERE IS HEREBY ESTABLISHED IN THE OFFICE OF CHILDREN AND FAMILY SERVICES A MENTOR PROGRAM TO ASSIST YOUTH RELEASED FROM FACILITIES OF THE OFFICE OF CHILDREN AND FAMILY SERVICES IN RESUMING PRODUCTIVE LIVES, DEVELOP SKILLS AND REDUCE RECI- DIVISM. SUCH PROGRAM SHALL BE ESTABLISHED IN THE CITY OF NEW YORK WITHIN NINETY DAYS OF THE EFFECTIVE DATE OF THIS SECTION. 2. AS PART OF SUCH PROGRAM THE OFFICE OF CHILDREN AND FAMILY SERVICES SHALL ENTER INTO AGREEMENTS WITH STUDENTS MATRICULATING AT THE CITY UNIVERSITY OF NEW YORK TO SERVE AS MENTOR-ROLE MODELS FOR SELECTED YOUTHS. IN RETURN FOR SUCH SERVICES, EITHER THE OFFICE OF CHILDREN AND FAMILY SERVICES SHALL PAY AN AGREED UPON SUM OF MONEY TOWARDS SUCH STUDENTS' TUITION, OR OTHER EXPENSES INCURRED IN CONNECTION WITH HIS OR HER STATUS AS A STUDENT AT SUCH INSTITUTION OR SUCH STUDENT SHALL RECEIVE COURSE CREDIT TOWARD A DEGREE FROM SUCH INSTITUTION. 3. THE COMMISSIONER OF THE OFFICE OF CHILDREN AND FAMILY SERVICES SHALL PROMULGATE SUCH REGULATIONS AS ARE NECESSARY TO IMPLEMENT THE PROVISIONS OF THIS SECTION. S 2. This act shall take effect immediately.EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted. LBD06980-01-3