SENATE BILL NO. 197
INTRODUCED BY J. WELBORN, R. SHAW, T. WELCH
AN ACT REVISING LAWS RELATED TO THE MONTANA YOUTH CHALLENGE ACADEMY; EXPANDING THE INTENT OF THE LEGISLATURE TO INCLUDE THE OPPORTUNITY FOR YOUTH PARTICIPANTS TO OBTAIN A HIGH SCHOOL DIPLOMA FROM THEIR RESIDENT SCHOOL DISTRICT; AMENDING SECTION 10-1-1402, MCA; AND PROVIDING AN IMMEDIATE EFFECTIVE DATE.
BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF MONTANA:
"10-1-1402. Legislative intent. It is the intent of the legislature that:
(1) the youth challenge program assist youth between 16 and 18 years of age to achieve a quality education and develop the skills and abilities necessary to become productive citizens;
(2) the youth challenge program focus on the physical, emotional, and educational needs of youth within a voluntary, highly structured environment;
(3) eligible participants be drug-free, not be on parole or probation for other than juvenile-status offenses, not have been indicted for or charged with an offense other than a juvenile-status offense, and not have been convicted of a felony or capital offense;
(4) recruiting for the youth challenge program treat all eligible youth equitably and seek representation from different genders, ethnic groups, and geographic locations;
(5) the youth challenge program conduct structured training consisting of a residential phase and a postresidential phase with curriculum that focuses on academic excellence, including the successful completion of the tests for a high school equivalency diploma, on the opportunity to pursue a high school diploma from the student's resident district based on the student's proficiency and at the discretion of the resident district trustees, and on physical fitness, job skills, service to the community, health and hygiene, responsible citizenship, leadership, how to follow directions, and life-coping skills; and
(6) the youth challenge program be conducted in cooperation with other community programs for at-risk youth."
Section 2. Effective date. [This act] is effective on passage and approval.
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