State of Illinois
2007 and 2008


Introduced , by Rep. Esther Golar


New Act

    Creates the Community Youth Employment Act. Provides that the Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity shall administer a competitive grant program to provide 2,500 youths with stipends and supervision over a 6-week summer work period. Sets forth criteria for receiving grants under the Act. Provides a budget for the use of grant moneys awarded. Effective immediately.

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1     AN ACT concerning employment.
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 Community Youth Employment Act.
6     Section 5. Program; eligibility. The Department of
7 Commerce and Economic Opportunity shall administer a
8 competitive grant program that will provide 2,500 youths with
9 stipends and supervision over a 6-week summer work period. The
10 grants shall be awarded only to summer programs, of no more
11 than 30 youths, that:
12         (1) are created and administered by a community-based
13     organization in Chicago;
14         (2) employ youths from low-income communities in
15     Chicago between the ages of 14 and 17; and
16         (3) involve any one of the following:
17             (A) job training;
18             (B) life skills;
19             (C) education counseling; or
20             (D) supervised work on community improvement
21         projects.
22     Section 10. Eligible costs. Grant money awarded under this



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1 Act shall be used as follows:
2         (1) a stipend of $7.50 per hour for a maximum of 120
3     hours per participating youth, to be paid over a 6-week
4     period;
5         (2) to provide salary for a maximum of 180 hours for
6     one counselor for each summer program; and
7         (3) a 10% overhead, per summer program, to provide for
8     insurance and business necessities.
9     Section 15. Community-based organization responsibilities.
10 Any community-based organization receiving a grant under this
11 Act must provide services to the youths receiving stipends
12 under this Act. In providing the following services, the
13 community-based organization must expend, out of the
14 organization's budget, at least 50% of any amount awarded under
15 this Section. The services provided must include:
16         (1) job assessment services;
17         (2) recreation services;
18         (3) job placement services; or
19         (4) government-funded youth programs.
20     Section 99. Effective date. This Act takes effect upon
21 becoming law.