NewsPublic Affairs / January 22, 2020

Bill To Create Indiana Youth Service Program Advances To Senate

Bill To Create Indiana Youth Service Program Advances To SenateA bill going to the Senate floor would create a program for high schoolers to try out careers while performing community service, called the Indiana Youth Service Program. workforce development, 2020 legislative session2020-01-22T00:00:00-05:00
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Bill To Create Indiana Youth Service Program Advances To Senate

Members of the Indiana Senate debate final passage of a bill aimed at creating hate crimes protections.

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A bill going to the Senate floor would create a program for high schoolers to try out careers while performing community service, called the Indiana Youth Service Program. 

The program would last for 10 weeks during the summer between a high school student’s junior and senior years. Public or private high school students could apply. A pilot group of students would be selected by a panel based on their curiosity, work ethic, and desire to serve others.

The bill did get some criticism. Sen. Chip Perfect (R-Lawrenceburg) says the idea is well-intentioned, but state agencies are already doing a lot to prepare students for careers as early as middle school. He says it would instead be better to focus on disenfranchised 30-year-olds and that the time has passed for new youth programs.

If the bill becomes law, the Independent Colleges of Indiana would have to send a draft of the pilot program to the General Assembly by December. 

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