Under current law, a neighborhood youth organization (NYO) serves youth as young as 6 years of age and as old as 18 years of age. The bill lowers the minimum age of a youth member to 5 years of age.
The bill permits an NYO to create an electronic or written process to record the daily arrival and departure times of youth members in order to track attendance, assess the impact of programs and services on youth members, and ensure an NYO operates in the best interest and safety of youth members.
The bill requires that an NYO's programs and services must occur primarily in a facility the NYO leases or owns or has been granted use of or access to.
The bill requires an NYO to offer programs and services that are evidence- or research-based, age-appropriate, and foster supportive relationships with peers and adults while offering character and leadership development, academic supports, job skills training, behavioral health supports, health and nutrition services, and other critical resources and services that a community identifies as necessary. An NYO serves all children, youth, and families, but with a focus on programs and services that ensure affordable access for low-income populations.
(Note: Italicized words indicate new material added to the original summary; dashes through words indicate deletions from the original summary.)
(Note: This summary applies to the reengrossed version of this bill as introduced in the second house.)