The Commission was established for the purpose of supporting and facilitating mentorship programs in the state of Nevada.
The Commission consist of a total of 13 members, three appointed by the Governor, two school superintendents, one member appointed by the Majority Leader of the Senate, and one member appointed by the Speaker of the Assembly, one member appointed by the Minority Leader of the Senate, one member appointed by the Minority Leader of the Assembly . In addition, the Commission appoints four additional voting members pursuant to the following:
- One of whom must be a member of the state advisory group appointed by the Governor operating as the Juvenile Justice Commission under the Division of Child and Family Services of DHHS.
- One of whom must be a representative of business and industry with a vested interest in supporting mentorship programs in the state
- Two members between the ages of 16 years and 24 years who have a vested interest in supporting mentorship programs in the state.
At the first meeting the Commission shall, elect from its members a Chair, Vice Chair, and Secretary each calendar year
At the first meeting of the Commission, and after the appointment of 4 voting members, the 13 members appointed shall choose their term of office by lot, in the following manner:
- Five members for terms of 2 years;
- Four members for terms of 3 years; and
- Four members for terms of 4 years
After the initial terms, each member of the Commission serves a term of 4 years. A member of the Commission may be reappointed. Any vacancy in membership must be filled in the same manner as the original appointment within 30 days of the vacancy occurrence. The member appointed to fill a vacancy shall serve for the remainder of the original term of appointment.
The Commission shall meet at least once per calendar quarter and at other times at the request of the Chair or the majority of its members.
All members serve without compensation except travel expenses and per diem allowances shall be paid at state rate when engaged in official Commission business.
The Department of Education provides administrative support and information necessary for the Commission to carry out its duties.
The Advisory Commission shall:
- Appoint committees from its members.
- Engage the services of volunteers and consultants without compensation.
- Enter into public-private partnerships with any business, for-profit or non-profit organization.
- Apply for and receive gifts, grants, contributions and other money from any source.
- Appoint a Mentorship Advisory Council to advise the Commission on matters of importance relating to mentoring and mentorship programs in this state.
- Establish model guidelines and parameters for new and existing mentorship programs.
- Develop a model financial plan providing for the sustainability and financial stability of existing mentorship programs.
- Develop model protocols for the management of mentors, mentees and matches under existing mentorship programs.
- Employ a coordinator for mentorship programs in this State; and
- Develop and administer a competitive grants program to award grants of money to mentorship programs.
- The Commission shall, on or before February 1 of each year, prepare and submit a report outlining the activities and recommendations of the Commission to: (a) The Governor; and (b) The Director of the Legislative Counsel Bureau for transmittal to the Legislature or to the Legislative Commission if the Legislature is not in regular session.