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1. The “Youth Opportunities and Violence Prevention Program” is hereby established in the division of community and economic development of the department of economic development to broaden and strengthen opportunities for positive development and participation in community life for youth, and to discourage such persons from engaging in criminal and violent behavior. For the purposes of section 135.460, this section and section 620.1103, the term “advisory committee” shall mean an advisory committee to the division of community and economic development established pursuant to this section composed of ten members of the public. The ten members of the advisory committee shall include members of the private sector with expertise in youth programs, and at least one person under the age of twenty-one. Such members shall be appointed for two-year terms by the director of the department of economic development.
2. The “Youth Opportunities and Violence Prevention Fund” is hereby established in the state treasury and shall be administered by the department of economic development. The department may accept for deposit into the fund any grants, bequests, gifts, devises, contributions, appropriations, federal funds, and any other funds from whatever source derived. Moneys in the fund shall be used solely for purposes provided in section 135.460, this section and section 620.1103. Any unexpended balance in the fund at the end of a fiscal year shall be exempt from the provisions of section 33.080 relating to the transfer of unexpended balances to the general revenue fund.
3. The department of economic development in conjunction with the advisory committee shall establish program criteria and evaluation methods for tax credits claimed pursuant to section 135.460. Such criteria and evaluation methods shall measure program effectiveness and outcomes, and shall give priority to local, neighborhood, community-based programs. The department shall monitor and evaluate all programs funded pursuant to section 135.460, this section and section 620.1103. Such programs shall provide a priority for applications from areas of the state which have statistically higher incidence of crime, violence and poverty and such programs shall be funded before the programs which have applied from areas which do not exhibit crime, violence, and poverty to the same degree. The committee shall focus and support specific programs designed to generate self-esteem and a positive self-reliance in youth and which abate youth violence.
4. The department shall develop and operate a database which lists all participating and related programs. The database shall include indexes and cross references and shall be accessible by the public by computer-modem connection. The information technology services division of the office of administration and the department of economic development shall cooperate with the advisory committee in the development and operation of the program.
Cite this article: FindLaw.com - Missouri Revised Statutes Title XL. Additional Executive Departments § 620.1100. Youth opportunities and violence prevention program established, purpose--advisory committee defined, members, appointment--fund, establishment, administration--program criteria, evaluation--database, development, operation - last updated January 01, 2018 | https://codes.findlaw.com/mo/title-xl-additional-executive-departments/mo-rev-st-620-1100.html
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