Establishes a community-based pilot project that enables students
to have an opportunity to participate in the formulation of
activity programs.  (SD1)

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

                   A  BILL  FOR  AN  ACT



 1      SECTION 1.  The legislature finds that the youth of our
 2 society are constantly being barraged by temptations that can
 3 adversely alter their lives forever.  However, students can also
 4 play a meaningful and significant role in the development of
 5 programs that prevent problems such as drug abuse, gang activity,
 6 and teen pregnancy.
 7      The Hilo-Hamakua-Kohala communities have recognized the
 8 challenges that youth face and have organized themselves to
 9 recreate an economic base while maintaining a strong social
10 fabric.  One such example is the effort to unite students,
11 government agencies, and community groups in this region.
12      This Act appropriates funds to support this effort.
13      SECTION 2.  There is established in the department of
14 education for administrative purposes the community-based youth
15 leadership demonstration project for the Hilo-Hamakua-Kohala
16 region of the island of Hawaii.  The demonstration project shall
17 focus on the formulation of activities and programs to help youth
18 develop the skills and attitudes needed to prevent problems such
19 as drug abuse, gang activity, and teen pregnancy.  The

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 1 demonstration project shall incorporate the efforts of students,
 2 the schools, relevant state and county agencies, and community
 3 organizations through the establishment of a steering committee
 4 at each participating school.  Each steering committee shall
 5 allocate the funds distributed to the respective school.
 6      The demonstration project shall emphasize the importance of
 7 having students participate in the development of solutions.  It
 8 shall involve students from the following schools in the region:
 9      (1)  Kohala high and intermediate school;
10      (2)  Honokaa high and intermediate school;
11      (3)  Paauilo elementary and intermediate school;
12      (4)  Laupahoehoe high and elementary school;
13      (5)  Kalanianaole elementary and intermediate school;
14      (6)  Hilo high school;
15      (7)  Waiakea high school; and
16      (8)  Kea`au middle school.
17      In addition to the department of education, the department
18 of land and natural resources, the county department of parks and
19 recreation, the county police department, the county fire
20 department, and community organizations in the region shall also
21 be invited to participate on the steering committees.  Together
22 with students, the participants shall embrace four areas for
23 action:

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 1      (1)  Expansion of the variety of after-school programs
 2           available to students, with the types of activities
 3           selected by the students in partnership with the
 4           participating agencies and organizations;
 5      (2)  Creation of transportation alternatives to make it
 6           possible for students to participate in these
 7           activities;
 8      (3)  Expansion of the peer education program to encompass
 9           all high schools, intermediate schools, and middle
10           schools in the region; and
11      (4)  Expansion of opportunities for teachers to counsel
12           students about making critical life decisions, such as
13           responding to offers of illegal drugs.
14      The department of education shall submit a status report to
15 the legislature not less than twenty days prior to the convening
16 of the regular session of 2000; and shall submit a formative
17 evaluation of the demonstration project to the legislature not
18 less than twenty days prior to the convening of the regular
19 session of 2001.  The formative evaluation shall recommend
20 whether the demonstration project should be continued as a
21 demonstration project, with or without changes; or whether the
22 demonstration project should be discontinued.
23      SECTION 3.  There is appropriated out of the general

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 1 revenues of the State of Hawaii the sum of $1 or so much thereof
 2 as may be necessary for fiscal year 1999-2000 and the sum of $1
 3 or so much thereof as may be necessary for fiscal year 2000-2001
 4 for the community-based youth leadership demonstration project;
 5 provided that the sums appropriated shall be divided equally
 6 among the participating schools and allocated by steering
 7 committees.
 8      SECTION 4.  The sums appropriated shall be expended by the
 9 department of education for the purposes of this Act.
10      SECTION 5.  This Act shall take effect on July 1, 1999, and
11 shall be repealed on June 30, 2001.