Monday, July 18, 2011

This Week's News: Youth in Transition


Colleges to counteract dwindling ranks of high school graduates
The Kansas City Star, Kansas – July 12, 2011
The Columbia and Kansas City campuses of the University of Missouri again will be awash in freshmen this fall. Seeing the writing on the marker board, some area educators are looking past the freshman glut and trying to entice other sources of college fodder, including former dropouts.

5th year of high school a good idea
Chicago Sun-Times, Chicago, IL – July 8, 2011
Is four years of high school enough to prepare today’s students for the real world? On Friday, state Rep. LaShawn Ford (D-Chicago) teased a group of students at Wells High School that Gov. Quinn was about to sign legislation that would keep them in high school a year longer. Of course he was joking.  Quinn was at Wells for the ceremonial signing of three pieces of education legislation. Two of the bills require school districts to emphasize reading and math during summer school for students who are at least two grade levels behind for two consecutive years.

HATS program aims to put a lid on dropout rates
Times-News Online, Henderson County, TN – July 14, 2011
Having a caring adult work with a student one hour a week can go a long way toward keeping students in school. That’s the premise behind Helping All Teens Succeed, a new program Henderson County Public Schools has designed to address dropout prevention.

Juvenile Justice

Texas’s Progress on Juvenile Justice
The New York Times, Texas – July 9, 2011
Just four years ago, the Texas juvenile justice system was awash in allegations of brutality, neglect and sexual abuse by staff members. Thanks to leadership by Gov. Rick Perry and thoughtful, decisive action by the Legislature, a state juvenile justice system that was in chaos a few years ago is making impressive strides.

House Appropriations Committee Eliminates Most Juvenile Justice Funding
Youth Today – July 13, 2011
A spending bill that eliminates most federal funding for juvenile justice activities was approved today by the House Appropriations Committee, and is expected to receive a vote by the full House before the August recess.  The bill, approved after a four-hour mark-up session, reduces spending by $3 billion from 2011 fiscal year levels, following most of the recommendations of its subcommittee on commerce, justice and science. It passed on a voice vote.

Foster Care

YourNews: New program creates opportunities for self-sufficicency, Tennessee – July 12, 2011
Child & Family Tennessee now has programs designed to help strengthen teens on their journey to adulthood and self-sufficiency. CFT has partnered with the Jim Casey Youth Opportunities Initiative’s Opportunity Passport, the Department of Children’s Services and the Knoxville TVA Employees Credit Union to create a new package of resources, collectively called Project NOW (Navigating Opportunities that Work).

Business providing bright spot as teens transition out of foster care
Delaware Online, New Castle, DE – July 8, 2011
Tucked away in an industrial park office near New Castle, Jalisa Baines and her co-workers on Friday went about their tasks of readying used books for resale. All work at Bright Spot Venture -- a new business like no other in the state. "This is the first social enterprise managed by youth in -- and aging out of -- foster care in Delaware," said its manager, Carolyn A. Gordon.

BCFS opens transition center for Abilene youth
San Antonio Business Journal, Abilene, TX – July 11, 2011
BCFS Health and Human Services has expanded operations to Abilene, Texas, and is opening the city’s first youth transition center to provide case management, counseling, housing, employment placement, educational support and life-skills services to struggling young adults.  The Abilene Transition Center expects to serve 150 youth who are either at-risk, aging out of foster care, returning home from juvenile justice institutions, or coping with other challenges, such as homelessness.

Teen Pregnancy

Grant helps young moms succeed
KAIT, Paragould, AR – July 14, 2011
A new program is reaching out to teen mothers. The School of the 21st Century in Paragould recently received a grant through the Arkansas Child Abuse and Neglect Department to start up the program, which is called T.H.R.I.V.E.  Representatives with the school say they hope to help set up these young mothers with a career, and to be the best parent that they can be.

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