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HOUSE DOCKET, NO. 3102        FILED ON: 1/18/2013

HOUSE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 1719


The Commonwealth of Massachusetts



Gloria L. Fox and Carlo Basile


To the Honorable Senate and House of Representatives of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts in General
              Court assembled:

              The undersigned legislators and/or citizens respectfully petition for the adoption of the accompanying bill:

An Act relative to investment in employment programs that save our youth .






Gloria L. Fox

7th Suffolk

Benjamin Swan

11th Hampden

Kevin G. Honan

17th Suffolk

Sean Garballey

23rd Middlesex

Carlo Basile

1st Suffolk

Frank I. Smizik

15th Norfolk

Kay Khan

11th Middlesex

Martin J. Walsh

13th Suffolk

Sal N. DiDomenico

Middlesex and Suffolk

Elizabeth A. Malia

11th Suffolk

Ellen Story

3rd Hampshire

HOUSE DOCKET, NO. 3102        FILED ON: 1/18/2013

HOUSE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 1719

By Representatives Fox of Boston and Basile of Boston, a petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 1719) of Gloria L. Fox and others relative to investments in programs supporting youth employment.  Labor and Workforce Development. 


SEE HOUSE, NO. 2871 OF 2011-2012.]


The Commonwealth of Massachusetts



In the Year Two Thousand Thirteen



An Act relative to investment in employment programs that save our youth .


              Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Court assembled, and by the authority of the same, as follows:

              SECTION 1. Chapter 23H of the General Laws is hereby amended by inserting after Section 11 the following:-

              Section 12.  Notwithstanding any general or special law to the contrary, it shall be the policy of the Commonwealth to invest in low-income, disadvantaged youth with high-impact programs that mitigate violence in inner-city neighborhoods and provide education and job skills in school that promote long-term economic success. 

              The Department of Workforce Development shall coordinate with Action for Boston Community Development, Inc. (ABCD) on a year-round, at-risk youth employment and career exploration program.  The program focuses on providing low-income, disadvantaged youth with a jump start in building the skills, credentials and attitudes they will need to succeed in school and at work. It offers exposure to a variety of career paths; skills training; academic remediation and support; case management; mentoring; links to ongoing education and employment opportunities, and monitoring. 

              1)  Participants will be enrolled in one of a range of career exploration tracks—which provide real-world experience and training in industries as diverse as biotechnology, construction trades, hospitality, health services, computer technologies, financial services, early education and care.


              Career tracks will provide meaningful, in-depth training as well as a chance to learn about job opportunities. For example, the Construction Pre-Apprenticeship, offered in conjunction with the Boston Building Trades Training Directors Association, provides up to 175 hours of training in building trade skills, exploring all aspects of the construction industry.  Career exploration incorporates hands-on training through individual and group activities, tools and equipment orientation, and field trips to worksites. 


              2)  Participants receive individual and group mentoring from experienced professionals in the targeted industry areas.


              3)  The academic skills and credentials needed in each career field are used to provide a context for individual academic assessment and remediation. For students in high school, emphasis will be placed on MCAS tutoring as well as completing course requirements. Out-of-school youth will be placed in a GED program or other educational alternatives, including diploma granting alternative education programs.


              4)  All participants will receive support services through a case management model which offers assessment, development of an individual service plan, information/referral services, and ongoing counseling.

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