CHAPTER 246

FORMERLY

HOUSE BILL NO. 308

AS AMENDED BY SENATE AMENDMENT NO. 1

AN ACT TO AMEND TITLE 14, DELAWARE CODE PERTAINING TO EDUCATION AND THE PROMOTION OF VOLUNTEERISM AMONG HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS AND THE DELAWARE OFFICE OF VOLUNTEERISM.

BE IT ENACTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF THE STATE OF DELAWARE:

Section I. Amend Title 14, Delaware Code, by creating a new chapter to read as follows:

"Chapter 89A. Delaware Volunteerism Act.

§8901A. Purpose.

The active participation of young adults in volunteer activities is necessary to achieve a truly healthy community. It is especially rewarding to instill the spirit of volunteerism in young people who may display that spirit repeatedly in their future years. Thus, it is deemed beneficial to encourage volunteerism among high school students.

§8902A. Provisions.

(a) The Delaware Office of Volunteerism, and the Department of Public Instruction, having knowledge of bona fide volunteer opportunities, shall make those opportunities known to high school students through the schools' guidance counseling program and shall update their information regularly.

(b) High schools through guidance counselors shall promote known opportunities to students by stressing the desirability of giving back to one's community, helping people, and of the benefits of such experience in the process of finding employment and applying for acceptance in institutions of secondary education.

(c) Any student having worked the minimum number of hours of voluntary community service in one academic year as may be promulgated by the authorities listed under subsection (e) below shall be awarded a certificate noting that the student is a "Delaware Volunteer".

(a) Each student desirous of attaining "Delaware Volunteer" status shall maintain a diary or log of hours served and shall be responsible for self-reporting such hours to his or her guidance counselor for certification.

(b) The Associate State Superintendent for Improvement and Assistance and the Director of the State Office of Volunteerism shall determine the standards for certification and the method of awarding certificates."

Approved June 15, 1994.