Monday, May 23, 2011

This Week's News: Youth in Transition


Mass. can learn much from N.H. in cutting dropouts
The Boston Globe – May 23, 2011
WHEN IT comes to keeping young people in school, Massachusetts can take some inspiration from its neighbor to the north. In 2007, New Hampshire raised the mandatory school age from 16 to 18 as a way to reduce the high school dropout rate. The dropout rate has fallen by nearly half in two years.

Drop out? No driver's license, House says
The State – May 18, 2011
By a 55-54 vote, the S.C. House Wednesday approved a bill -- again -- to revoke the driving rights of high school dropouts. The measure requires the state Department of Motor Vehicles to revoke the learner's permits or driver's licenses of students who drop out of high school. Students who must work to support themselves or their families would be exempt from the requirement.

$1M grant to help youths get GED and job training
San Antonio Express-News, Honolulu, HI – May 18, 2011
The grant from the U.S. Department of Labor is awarding $1 million to the Honolulu Department of Community Services for education and job training. The grant announced Tuesday comes from a program called YouthBuild. The program assists out-of-school youths to obtain their diplomas or GEDS while providing occupational training in the construction industry.

Juvenile Justice

Texas lawmakers in lockstep on juvenile-justice reform efforts
Chron, Austin, TX – May 21, 2011
Every day, lawmakers entering the Texas House face a gantlet of advocates handing out one-page flyers. The flyer touting this year's reorganization of the Texas juvenile justice system, however, carried an endorsement by the strangest of political bedfellows this session: the liberal Texas Appleseed and the conservative Texas Public Policy Foundation. Their joint endorsement blessed the latest milestone in a five-year transformation of the Texas criminal justice system, perhaps the one area in state government where the left and right have found common ground — in the shared belief that prisons cost too much and accomplish little.

Craig Haney, Scott MacDonald and Phil Wowak: Crisis presents opportunity to improve criminal justice system
Santa Cruz Sentinel – May 21, 2011
The national budget crisis has produced a crisis in the nation's criminal justice system. Shrinking resources have prompted a widespread re-examination of criminal justice practices that have gone unquestioned for decades. State and federal agencies across the country are seeking new ways to safeguard public safety that are more effective and less costly.

Foster Care

Open house set for youth in foster care, Waterloo, IA – May 18, 2011
A graduation open house took place on Friday for students in foster care, and the community was invited. Twelve graduating seniors placed in foster care who are either from or currently living in Black Hawk County was part of the celebration. The students "age out" of foster care when they turn 18, so they will be on their own after graduation.

Heart Gallery Photo Exhibit at Atlantic Terminal to help foster care children, Brooklyn, NY – May 17, 2011
On Wednesday, May 18th, the Heart Gallery at Brooklyn's Atlantic Terminal presented the grand opening of a photo exhibit showing photographs of New York City foster care children to help raise awareness toward children in foster care. In honor of National Foster Care Month, the Heart Gallery Photo Exhibit features more than 50 photographs of children seeking adoption from May 18-June 15.

Teen Pregnancy

'Let's CHAT' About Teen Pregnancy‎
San Lorenzo – May 22, 2011
Ashland Youth Center and the Hayward Area Recreational District sponsored a free event on Saturday, raising awareness on teen pregnancy. Nearly 100 teens, parents, organizations and members of the community showed up at Jack Holland Sr. Park on Saturday afternoon to learn and raise awareness about teen pregnancy. Funded by Kaiser and offered through the Ashland Youth Center, Let's CHAT is a teen pregnancy awareness project that's been in the works for the past four months.

Children with children: Teen pregnancy numbers declining‎
Richmond Times Dispatch – May 22, 2011
Every year, hundreds of thousands of teenagers in the United States give birth. In 2009, the most recent year for which final data is available, more than 410,000 girls ages 15 to 19 had babies. In Virginia, more than 8,000 teens gave birth in 2009. The promising news is that the rates of teen births and pregnancies are declining.

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