Approp.; Youth Challenge 

Appropriates funds for the Hawaii National Guard Youth Challenge
Program for the fiscal biennium.

HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES                H.B. NO.           263
TWENTIETH LEGISLATURE, 1999                                H.D. 1
STATE OF HAWAII                                            

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 1      SECTION 1.  The Hawaii national guard youth challenge
 2 program is designed to provide a comprehensive intervention
 3 program to reclaim youth at-risk ages sixteen to eighteen, by
 4 offering the opportunity to develop self-discipline, skills, and
 5 knowledge to become productive and contributing members of our
 6 community.  The seventeen month program is based on National
 7 Guard and department of education training requirements and
 8 operates two cycles a year.  Contractual agreements with the
 9 federal government require that the program graduate a minimum of
10 one hundred students a cycle.  During the program, students learn
11 self-discipline, leadership, and responsibility while working to
12 complete their high school diploma academic schedule.  The
13 students are also required to give back to the community through
14 service projects and live and work in a controlled military
15 environment that encourages teamwork, physical fitness, and
16 personal growth.
17      The legislature finds that the program has many positive
18 impacts on participating students.  The residential phase of the

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 1 program removes the at-risk youth from a negative environment and
 2 allows the youth an opportunity to develop as an individual.  The
 3 tough physical and academic training requires that corpsmembers
 4 successfully pass five unit examinations in government and law,
 5 health, consumer economics, occupational knowledge and community
 6 resources, and a Mastery Exam.  Participating students gain
 7 skills in communications, computation, problem solving, and
 8 interpersonal relations.
 9      The program currently costs $3,124,000 a year, with seventy-
10 five per cent being funded by the federal government, and twenty-
11 five per cent funded by the state department of education.  Over
12 the next three years, the State's share of the cost will increase
13 to thirty per cent in fiscal year 1999-2000, thirty-five per cent
14 in fiscal year 2000-2001, and forty per cent in 2001-2002.  
15      The purpose of this Act is to appropriate funds to cover the
16 State's share of the cost of the Hawaii national guard youth
17 challenge program for the fiscal biennium.
18      SECTION 2.  The Hawaii Department of Defense shall submit to
19 the legislature, no later than 20 days before the 2000 regular
20 session, an analysis of the programs current efforts.  In
21 addition, this report shall describe how many of those youth
22 having completed the program have found steady employment, how
23 many have pursued higher education, and how many have come into

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 1 contact with the criminal justice system.
 2      SECTION 3.  There is appropriated out of the general
 3 revenues of the State of Hawaii the sum of $935,200, or so much
 4 thereof as may be necessary for fiscal year 1999-2000, and
 5 $1,093,400 for fiscal year 2000-2001, to fund the Hawaii national
 6 guard youth challenge program.
 7      SECTION 4.  The sum appropriated shall be expended by the
 8 Hawaii Department of Defense for the purposes of this Act.
 9      SECTION 5.  This Act shall take effect on July 1, 1999.
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