SENATE BILL NO. 617
AN ACT MAKING A SUPPLEMENTARY APPROPRIATION TO THE DEPARTMENT OF COMMUNITY AFFAIRS AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT FOR THE PURPOSE OF ESTABLISHING A STATE ASSISTED YOUTH WORK PROGRAM FOR PART OF THE SUMMER OF 1980.
WHEREAS, the outlook for work for the State's young people during the Summer of 1980 is bleak; and
WHEREAS, young people who are ready and willing to work should be given the opportunity to use their abilities and skills; and
WHEREAS, a state-assisted youth-work program for part of the Summer of 1980 will help to augment the job market and will give a number of young people a positive feeling about their position in the community.
BE IT ENACTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF THE STATE OF DELAWARE:
Section 1. The sum of $84,000 is hereby appropriated to the Department of Community Affairs and Economic Development to be used for a youth work program for a period of six weeks commencing July 15, 1980 and to be allocated in the following manner:
$ 84,000 - TOTAL
New Castle County (outside the City of Wilmington
City of Wilmington Kent County
Section 2. This is a supplementary appropriation act and the funds herein appropriated shall be paid out of the General Fund of the State from funds not otherwise appropriated.
Section 3. The funds herein appropriated remaining unexpended or unencumbered on September 15, 1980 shall revert to the General Fund of the State of Delaware.
Section 4. Notwithstanding any other provision of the Delaware Code to the contrary youth chosen for work under this program shall not be less than 15 years of age nor more than 20 years of age and shall be required to provide evidence of same before becoming eligible. All youth participating in the state assisted program shall be required to present a letter from their parents or guardian indicating their consent to work and also releasing the State of Delaware and the sponsoring agency from any liability for assignments in the low risk jobs that will be available.
Youth chosen to work under this program shall not be required to work more than 6 hours per day, nor more than 4 days per week and such youth shall receive minimum wage payable under Delaware law.
Preference shall be given to single parent family members whose income does not exceed $11,000. Two parent family income shall not exceed $19,000.
Any non-profit or tax exempt organization certified by the Department of Community Affairs and Economic Development may be authorized to be a sponsoring agent for the state assisted youth work program.
Sponsoring agents shall be required to submit a plan or project of activity of meaningful and productive work experience providing such details as the Department shall deem necessary before becoming eligible as a sponsoring agent.
The sponsoring agent shall provide one work leader for each 20 youth employed in the program to supervise and monitor the attendance and work performance of the youth selected for the program. Work leaders shall be paid no more than $4.50 per hour and shall work no longer than 8 hours per day and 5 days per week.
In each of the political subdivisions wherein funds have been appropriated no more than $2,000 shall be expended for administrative purposes and no more than $1,000 shall be expended for equipment, supplies or mileage.
A record of all equipment and supplies purchased with funds herein appropriated shall be kept by the sponsoring agent and at the conclusion of the six week program such supplies and equipment shall be turned over to the Department of Community Affairs and Economic Development.
Approved July 11, 1980.