Monday, January 19, 2009

This Week's News: Youth in Transition


Committee focuses on Rogers dropouts
Daily Record – January 16, 2009
A committee looking for ways to prevent dropouts wants the board to consider letting truant students make up their work, Deputy Superintendent Mark Sparks told the Rogers School Board on Thursday. The committee has been working since October to solve the dropout problem.

Turning potential dropouts into grads
Intelligencer Journal – January 16, 2009
It took grit and determination, but on Thursday, Priscilla McLaughlin, 19 and a single mother of two small children, was handed a prize for which she had worked hard: her high school diploma. McLaughlin was one of the 47 students to graduate from Ephrata's Washington Educational Center, an alternative school for students at risk of dropping out of school or who have already dropped out.

Drop-In Day slated for school dropouts
Ventura County Star - January 15, 2009
Adult schools across the state will have a drop-in day today, aimed at encouraging adults who dropped out of high school to get their diploma. On Drop-in Day, adult schools will offer on-the-spot appointments with counselors who can provide individual advice.

Juvenile Justice

Fond du Lac Ojibwe School uses elders to keep students on ‘the good path’
Duluth News Tribune – January 19, 2009
Instead of standing before a panel of administrators, troublemakers and truants at the Fond du Lac Ojibwe School join a traditional circle of elders, where voices are heard and lessons are stressed. The elder circle at the Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Ojibwe School, in its third year, has helped raise attendance rates and lower bullying incidents, school staff members say.

Erie County coordinates services to troubled youths
The Buffalo News – January 17, 2009
The Another Voice column titled, “Families in crisis need a bailout,” concerning juvenile justice was very enlightening. American Bar Association President H. Thomas Wells Jr. and Judge Patricia A. Macias, president of the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges, called attention to an issue we have addressed here in Erie County over the past several years. The writers advocated for providing coordinated services to youth and families in crisis rather than abandoning vulnerable youth to the state, as is occurring in Nebraska.

Foster Care

Montessori school raising funds to help teens leaving foster care
TC Palm – January 17, 2009
Students and faculty at Bridges Montessori have embarked on a mission to aid teenagers who have aged out of foster care and are entering independent life. The school is raising money for a computer lab in the Children’s Home Society of Florida’s Youth Transition Center, a planned resource for former foster children between ages 18 and 23.

Outdoor gear store offers help to kids in foster care
Alaska Journal of Commerce – January 16, 2009
When the call went out to put Alaska kids in foster care in a better position to afford decent clothing, the store manager of one of Anchorage’s premier outdoor gear shops saw it as a perfect match. “We’re not just a retailer; we feel like we should be involved in the community,” said Mike Herzog, of Recreational Equipment Inc., popularly known as REI.

Western Michigan University initiative opens doors for foster students
MLive – January 16, 2009
Western Michigan University is not making any money on its foster-youth-and-higher-education initiative, but President John Dunn says the return on the investment will be enormous. Approximately 500 kids age out of the foster system every year in Michigan, and 70 percent of them want to continue their education, WMU found. But very few of them are doing so. Dunn thought the state could do better.

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