Establishes an intergenerational educational and mentoring service program in the state office for the aging to provide assistance by persons age 55 or older to students in elementary schools; details grant funding, based on appropriations; describes reporting requirements.
TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the elder law, in relation to establishing an intergenerational educational and mentoring service program
PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF THE BILL: Establish a statewide intergenerational educational and mentoring service program to tap the expertise, experience and knowledge of older adults and encourage their volunteerism in schools.
SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS: Amends the elder law by adding a new Article IV to read intergenerational educational and mentoring service program. Section 401 contains definitions. Section 402 establishes local inter-generational educational and mentoring service programs. Section 403 outlines the duties of the director. Section 404 details grant funding, based on appropriations. Section 405 describes the reporting requirements
JUSTIFICATION: Many older New Yorkers who retire do not wish to sit idle. Many are looking to continue to work in some capacity, or to find volunteer opportunities that are meaningful. This legislation provides a mechanism to do a number of things. First, it provides an opportunity for older adults to work directly with children helping them in school to increase their ability to learn and by being mentors. Second, it provides the classrooms with additional help. Third, it provides children with an opportunity to be close to and learn from older adults, who have a lifetimes worth of knowledge and experience and the desire to be engaged with the children in a volunteer capacity. Fourth, it provides an opportunity for children who may need extra help or are struggling in schools to gain one-an-one attention and extra help, providing them with increased self-esteem and the ability to learn and excel. And finally, bridging the generations provides a benefit to the older adult and to the child. The older adult stays connected in the community and less likely to want to move out of state. The older adult is able to give back to the community in a meaningful way. The child has exposure to older people and can learn from them, interact with them and have a better understanding of being older.
LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: 2007-08: A.5564A 2009-10: A.3907 referred to aging 2011-12 A4538 aging
FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: To be determined
EFFECTIVE DATE: One hundred and eightieth day after it shall have become law.
STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 5473 2013-2014 Regular Sessions IN SENATE May 16, 2013 ___________Introduced by Sen. PARKER -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Aging AN ACT to amend the elder law, in relation to establishing an intergen- erational educational and mentoring service program THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. The elder law is amended by adding a new article 4 to read as follows: ARTICLE IV INTERGENERATIONAL EDUCATIONAL AND MENTORING SERVICE PROGRAM SECTION 401. DEFINITIONS. 402. LOCAL INTERGENERATIONAL EDUCATIONAL AND MENTORING SERVICE PROGRAMS. 403. DUTIES OF THE DIRECTOR. 404. FUNDING. 405. REPORT. S 401. DEFINITIONS. AS USED IN THIS SECTION: 1. "ADVISORY COMMITTEE" SHALL MEAN THE ADVISORY COMMITTEE FOR THE AGING ESTABLISHED PURSUANT TO SECTION TWO HUNDRED TEN OF THIS CHAPTER. 2. "DESIGNATED AGENCY" SHALL HAVE THE SAME MEANING AS IS ASCRIBED TO SUCH TERM BY PARAGRAPH (A) OF SUBDIVISION ONE OF SECTION TWO HUNDRED FOURTEEN OF THIS CHAPTER. 3. "DIRECTOR" SHALL MEAN THE DIRECTOR OF THE OFFICE FOR THE AGING. 4. "INTERGENERATIONAL EDUCATIONAL AND MENTORING PROGRAM" SHALL MEAN A STATEWIDE PROGRAM ADMINISTERED BY THE DIRECTOR, IN CONSULTATION WITH THE COMMISSIONER OF EDUCATION, THAT COORDINATES A NETWORK OF LOCAL INTERGEN- ERATIONAL EDUCATIONAL AND MENTORING SERVICE PROGRAMS. 5. "LOCAL INTERGENERATIONAL EDUCATIONAL AND MENTORING SERVICE PROGRAM" SHALL MEAN A LOCAL PROJECT THAT IS SELECTED BY THE DIRECTOR TO BE THEEXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted. LBD09206-01-3 S. 5473 2
LEAD AGENCY IN EACH COMMUNITY TO COORDINATE THE DELIVERY OF SUPPORT SERVICES BY MEMBERS IN LOCAL ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS. 6. "MEMBER" SHALL MEAN AN INDIVIDUAL FIFTY-FIVE YEARS OF AGE OR OLDER WHO VOLUNTEERS AND PARTICIPATES IN THE ACTIVITIES OF A LOCAL INTERGENER- ATIONAL EDUCATIONAL AND MENTORING SERVICE PROGRAM ASSISTING STUDENTS. PROVIDED THAT NO PERSON, WHO REPLACES ANY WORKER PROVIDING SUCH SERVICES UNDER A CONTRACT WITH A COLLECTIVE BARGAINING UNIT, SHALL BE DEEMED TO BE A MEMBER. 7. "OFFICE" SHALL MEAN THE OFFICE FOR THE AGING. S 402. LOCAL INTERGENERATIONAL EDUCATIONAL AND MENTORING SERVICE PROGRAMS. THE OFFICE, THROUGH THE INTERGENERATIONAL EDUCATIONAL AND MENTORING SERVICE PROGRAM, SHALL PROVIDE ALL SUPPORT AND ASSISTANCE TO LOCAL INTERGENERATIONAL EDUCATIONAL AND MENTORING SERVICE PROGRAMS NECESSARY TO IMPLEMENT THE PROVISIONS OF THIS ARTICLE. THE DIRECTOR SHALL, THROUGH LOCAL INTERGENERATIONAL EDUCATIONAL AND MENTORING SERVICE PROGRAMS, OFFER ADULTS AGE FIFTY-FIVE OR OLDER PLACEMENT IN SERVICE POSITIONS ASSISTING STUDENTS IN ELEMENTARY SCHOOL. SUCH SERVICE POSI- TIONS SHALL INCLUDE RESULT-ORIENTED TUTORING, MENTORING AND OTHER EDUCA- TIONAL SUPPORT FOR CHILDREN AND YOUTH IN NEED. THE LOCAL INTERGENERA- TIONAL EDUCATIONAL AND MENTORING SERVICE PROGRAM SHALL PROVIDE ALL NECESSARY TRAINING TO MEMBERS. MEMBERS SHALL PROVIDE BOTH ONE-ON-ONE ASSISTANCE AND PARTICIPATE IN ANY OTHER ACTIVITIES WHICH BENEFIT AN ENTIRE SCHOOL OR ORGANIZATIONAL COMMUNITY. S 403. DUTIES OF THE DIRECTOR. 1. THE DIRECTOR SHALL, IN CONSULTATION WITH THE COMMISSIONER OF EDUCATION, PROMULGATE RULES AND REGULATIONS ESTABLISHING STANDARDS AND REQUIREMENTS FOR LOCAL INTERGENERATIONAL EDUCATIONAL AND MENTORING SERVICE PROGRAMS RECEIVING GRANTS PURSUANT TO THIS ARTICLE. SUCH RULES AND REGULATIONS SHALL INCLUDE, BUT NOT BE LIMITED TO: (A) PROCEDURES FOR COORDINATING AND SUPPORTING THE NETWORK OF LOCAL INTERGENERATIONAL EDUCATIONAL AND MENTORING SERVICE PROGRAMS RECEIVING GRANTS PURSUANT TO THIS ARTICLE; (B) PROCEDURES FOR WORKING WITH PUBLIC AND PRIVATE SCHOOLS, COLLEGES, UNIVERSITIES, COMMUNITY COLLEGES, COMMUNITY BASED ORGANIZATIONS, THE NATIONAL SENIOR SERVICE CORPS AND THE LEAD AGENCIES OF LOCAL INTERGENER- ATIONAL EDUCATIONAL AND MENTORING SERVICE PROGRAMS; (C) A PROCEDURE FOR INDIVIDUALS TO APPLY TO BECOME AND BECOME MEMBERS; (D) REQUIREMENTS FOR PARTICIPATION AS A MEMBER AND AS A LOCAL INTER- GENERATIONAL EDUCATIONAL AND MENTORING SERVICE PROGRAM; (E) STANDARDS, BASED ON MEASURABLE OUTCOMES, FOR THE EVALUATION OF LOCAL INTERGENERATIONAL EDUCATIONAL AND MENTORING SERVICE PROGRAMS; AND (F) ANY OTHER REQUIREMENTS THE DIRECTOR DETERMINES TO BE REASONABLE AND NECESSARY. 2. THE RULES AND REGULATIONS PROMULGATED PURSUANT TO SUBDIVISION ONE OF THIS SECTION SHALL PROVIDE FOR THE INCLUSION OF LOCAL INTERGENERA- TIONAL EDUCATIONAL AND MENTORING SERVICE PROGRAMS IN THE PLANNING PROC- ESS BY DESIGNATED AGENCIES. S 404. FUNDING. 1. THE DIRECTOR SHALL, WITHIN THE AMOUNTS APPROPRIATED THEREFOR, AWARD GRANTS ON A COMPETITIVE BASIS TO NOT-FOR-PROFIT CORPO- RATIONS AND LOCAL GOVERNMENTS SEEKING TO OPERATE A LOCAL INTERGENERA- TIONAL EDUCATIONAL AND MENTORING SERVICE PROGRAM. THE DIRECTOR SHALL CONSIDER, IN THE AWARDING OF GRANTS, THE REGIONAL NEEDS AND THE COMPAR- ATIVE WEALTH OF THE SCHOOL DISTRICT. 2. THE OFFICE MAY EXPEND NOT MORE THAN THREE PERCENT OF THE MONEYS APPROPRIATED, FOR THE PURPOSES OF THIS ARTICLE, FOR COSTS OF ADMINISTER- ING THIS ARTICLE.S. 5473 3
3. EACH LOCAL INTERGENERATIONAL EDUCATIONAL AND MENTORING SERVICE PROGRAM SHALL PAY NOT LESS THAN TEN PERCENT OF ITS EXPENSES WITH INCOME DERIVED FROM PRIVATE FUNDRAISING, SCHOOL DISTRICTS OR ANY OTHER SOURCE. S 405. REPORT. THE DIRECTOR, IN CONSULTATION WITH THE ADVISORY COMMIT- TEE, AFFECTED STATE AGENCIES, AFFECTED MUNICIPAL AGENCIES, LOCAL SPON- SORS AND PERSONS INVOLVED IN LOCAL INTERGENERATIONAL EDUCATIONAL AND MENTORING SERVICE PROGRAMS, SHALL, ON OR BEFORE DECEMBER THIRTY-FIRST, TWO THOUSAND FOURTEEN, ISSUE A REPORT TO THE GOVERNOR, THE TEMPORARY PRESIDENT OF THE SENATE, THE SPEAKER OF THE ASSEMBLY, THE CHAIR OF THE SENATE COMMITTEE ON EDUCATION, THE CHAIR OF THE SENATE COMMITTEE ON AGING, THE CHAIR OF THE ASSEMBLY COMMITTEE ON EDUCATION AND THE CHAIR OF THE ASSEMBLY COMMITTEE ON AGING, ON THE PROJECTED COST AND BENEFITS OF ESTABLISHING UNIFORM STANDARDS AND REQUIREMENTS FOR THE OPERATION OF LOCAL INTERGENERATIONAL EDUCATIONAL AND MENTORING SERVICE PROGRAMS. S 2. This act shall take effect on the one hundred eightieth day after it shall have become a law. Provided, that, effective immediately, any rules and regulations necessary to implement the provisions of this act on its effective date are authorized to be promulgated on or before such date.