Monday, August 23, 2010

This Week's News: Youth in Transition

With few NM students available, NMSU goes out of state to recruit
El Paso Times, El Paso, NM - August 22, 2010
High-school graduation rates have declined in New Mexico, and that has turned college recruiting into a far-reaching enterprise. New Mexico State University has intensified its efforts to attract students from across the West. That means the Land of Enchantment is becoming an oasis for more high-school graduates from Arizona, California and Colorado. "We are more welcome here than in Colorado," said Bailey Schurr, an incoming NMSU freshman who is from a rural area of southwestern Colorado. Elsewhere in the West, universities face a crowding crisis. 

Campaign aims to boost adult education enrollment
The Sun News, Myrtle Beach, SC - August 17, 2010
A new national public service advertising campaign is under way to give high school dropouts access to information that will get them started on the road to a GED diploma, according to a release from the S.C. Department of Education. The initiative could lead to more enrollment in adult education programs and an increase in GED graduates in South Carolina, the release said. Dr. David Stout, director of the State Department of Education's Office of Adult Education, said campaign ads are aimed at men and women in their mid to late 20s who did not complete high school primarily because of personal or financial issues. In the 2000 census, 16.8 percent of South Carolina residents aged 25 to 34 said they had not obtained either a high school degree or a GED. "Research shows that at this age, a high school dropout has adjusted to working life and has begun to recognize that without additional education, he or she is going to get the lowest paying and least stable job," Stout said. "They may realize they need a GED, but they need to be reminded they can do it and shown how to proceed."

Fox2Now, St. Louis, MO – August 21, 2010
Volunteers swarmed the Normandy School District targeting dropouts Saturday morning. They went out after Brittany Gaines and close to 90 students like her. It looked like a sweepstakes prize patrol sweep through North County; going house to house, looking for students who dropped out of school last year or are deemed likely to do so this year.  About 75 volunteers; alumni, community, and business leaders set out on the second annual "Reach Out To Drop Outs" Campaign; their simple message seemed to hit home with at risk students.

Juvenile Justice

Juvenile offender option praised
The Charleston Post and Courier, Charleston, SC- August 22, 2010
An internationally recognized treatment aimed at preventing the most troubled juvenile offenders from spiraling into lives of crime has gained traction throughout the country, but remains mostly unavailable in South Carolina, the state where it was developed. Supporters say Multisystemic Therapy, first researched at MUSC beginning in 1992, is more effective and less costly than putting juvenile criminals in traditional programs, which include wilderness camps and group homes.

Difference in sentencing of two juveniles highlights difficult issue
McClatchy Newspapers, Modesto, CA- August 21, 2010
A 14-year-old south Modesto boy who killed a young father at a child's birthday party will likely die in prison. Angel Cabanillas, now 19, stands to serve at least 100 years behind bars. But just 40 miles south in Merced, a boy who was 15 when he committed a fatal drive-by to impress his fellow gang members is set to be sentenced Monday to 31 years in prison. He could be out by the time he's 42. The disparity in their sentences reflects a divide in how judges and prosecutors handle violent crimes committed by children.

Foster Care

From almost homeless to hopeful at Lincoln Place
The Star Tribune, Minneapolis, MN - August 21, 2010
Megan Brankley's new place has the feel of a college dorm. Her foster sister sits nearby, tapping away at the keyboard on a pink cell phone as pop and rap music blares from the stereo in the corner.

County giving special attention to teen moms in foster care
Dayton Daily News, OH - August 21, 2010
Vanessa Jackson's situation illustrates how difficult it can be finding foster parents willing to take in teen mothers. Jackson of Dayton was 14 when she entered the foster care system with her 2-year-old son D'Anthonie. By the time she turned 18 and left the care of Montgomery County Children Services, Jackson and her son had lived in seven foster homes.

The Orange County Register, Fullerton, CA – August 18, 2010
Teenage girls in foster care learned about the opportunities at Cal State Fullerton on Tuesday – and were invited to some day apply to the university.  Highlights of College Day were a brief speech by CSUF President Milton Gordon and a presentation about Guardian Scholars, a campus program that helps former foster youths finish college. "We'll try and get you in," Gordon told the 17 girls.  Social worker Brynn Noble said the goal of the event was to expose the girls to college opportunities available for them when they get out of foster care.

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