senate Bill S5473

2013-2014 Legislative Session

Establishes an intergenerational educational and mentoring service program to provide assistance to students in elementary schools

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Apr 30, 2014 reported and committed to finance
Jan 08, 2014 referred to aging
Jun 04, 2013 reported and committed to finance
May 16, 2013 referred to aging

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Apr 30, 2014 - Aging committee Vote

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Aging Committee Vote: Apr 30, 2014

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Jun 4, 2013 - Aging committee Vote

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Aging Committee Vote: Jun 4, 2013

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S5473 - Bill Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A5641
Current Committee:
Senate Finance
Law Section:
Elder Law
Laws Affected:
Add Art IV ยงยง401 - 405, Eld L
Versions Introduced in Previous Legislative Sessions:
2011-2012: A4537
2009-2010: A3907

S5473 - Bill Texts

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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.

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BILL NUMBER:S5473

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.

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                    S T A T E   O F   N E W   Y O R K
________________________________________________________________________

                                  5473

                       2013-2014 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                              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  THE

 EXPLANATION--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.

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  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.

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