WHEREAS, vocational youth organizations have been recognized by national, State, and local educational agencies as being an integral part of the total occupational-vocational program; and
WHEREAS, vocational youth organizations afford the members the opportunity to be recognized in their communities for social and vocational competencies developed by participation in these constructive organizations; and
WHEREAS, vocational youth organizations help develop self-confidence and a spirit of honorable competition with local, State and National colleagues; and
WHEREAS, vocational youth organizations provide an outlet for the development of leadership qualities in Delaware youth; and
WHEREAS, the increased number of Delaware youth being served has proportionately increased the cost of operating these organizations and has made it necessary to curtail leadership development and has prohibited their expanded membership participation due to limited economic resources, it is now imperative that financial assistance be obtained to support leadership development activities in these organizations; and
WHEREAS, the existing vocational youth organizations have provided an outstanding record of positive, peaceful performance,
Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the State of Delaware:
Section 1. Title 14, Delaware Code, is hereby amended by adding a new Chapter thereto to read as follows:
CHAPTER 32. VOCATIONAL YOUTH ORGANIZATIONS
§ 3201. Purpose
It is the intent and purpose of the General Assembly of the State of Delaware, through this Act, to encourage the youth of Delaware to pursue vocational and occupational education when such pursuit is deemed in the best interest of the student and of the State of Delaware.
§ 3202. Administration
This Chapter shall be administered by the State Board of Education, hereinafter referred to as the "Board".
§ 3203. Vocational Youth Organization Fund
The General Assembly shall each year in the Budget Act appropriate a sum to be known as the "Vocational Youth Organization Fund" for the purpose of carrying out the provisions of this Act.
§ 3204. Grants
The Board is hereby authorized to award grants from the Vocational Youth Organization Fund to such vocational organizations which are an integral part of the instructional program in the following, but not limited to, occupational-vocational areas, such as: Agriculture, Business and Office Occupations, Distributive Education, Home Economics, and Trade and Industrial Education.
Section 2. There is hereby appropriated to the State Board of Education the sum of Five Thousand Dollars ($5,000) for the purpose contained in this Act.
Section 3. This Act is a supplementary appropriation act and the fund hereby appropriated shall be paid out of the General Fund of the State. Any monies appropriated by this Act and unexpended by June 30, 1971, shall revert to the General Fund.
Section 4. This Act shall become effective July 1, 1970.