Monday, July 25, 2011

This Week's News: Youth in Transition


School Dropout Rates Adds To Fiscal Burden
NPR – July 24, 2011
Nearly 1 million kids who start high school every year don't make it to graduation. At a time when federal and state budgets are tight, dropouts costs taxpayers hundreds of billions of dollars in lost revenue, health care, welfare and incarceration costs.

Beating the Odds: High School ‘Dropouts’ Earn Diploma At East LA Program Facing Big Cuts
EGP News, East Los Angeles, CA – July 21, 2011
While the 2011 season for pomp and circumstance has already wrapped up at Los Angeles area schools, not until last week did nearly three-dozen students at an East Los Angeles-based academy finally received their diplomas. It was a privilege they thought they forfeited when they dropped out of high school, and one which may not be available to as many students in the future due to federal funding cuts. Twenty-one-year-old Luz Avila struggled in high school. She attended Garfield High School, Garfield Adult school, another program, and then Cesar Chavez Continuation, but on July 14, she received her high school diploma through LA CAUSA YouthBuild, a non-profit organization and charter school she says allowed her to experience high school, go to grad night, volunteer; everything “without the drama,”

Encouraged in the face of adversity
Los Angeles Times, East Los Angeles, CA – July 20, 2011
Teen moms, gang members and dropouts trade bleak futures for the hope of a better life at Ramona High. For Genesis Diaz, a struggling young mother, graduating at the top of her class is only the beginning.

Juvenile Justice

Obama Administration to Fight Harsh School Discipline
Youth Today – July 21, 2011
The U.S. Justice and Education departments are making disruption of the “school to prison” pipeline – which can begin with minor school infractions and can end in a lifetime of poverty – a new government objective. Calling removal from school “inappropriate forms” of punishment, Holder was joined this morning by Duncan at a meeting of the Coordinating Council on Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention to announce the effort.  “When our young people are locked up, we are condemning them to poverty,” Duncan told the group.

Juveniles in Custody Dropped 12 Percent, New Report Says
Juvenile Justice Information Exchange – July 18, 2011
A new report shows that nationally the total number of juvenile offenders in custody dropped by 12 percent from 2006 to 2008. The biannual census by the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) surveyed juvenile residential facilities about population, size and security measures, among others.

Juvenile detention center providing much-needed services
Southeast Missourian, Charleston, MO – July 22, 2011
The Mississippi County Regional Juvenile Detention Center in Charleston, Mo., is alive and well. Although six juvenile detention centers in Missouri lost their state funding for the 2012 calendar year due to a controversial Circuit Court Budget Committee decision, our facility was not one of those that lost its funding. In fact, our juvenile detention center has played a major role in the state of Missouri. In May of this year, our circuit was selected as one of only three sites to be named a Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative Model Replication Site, and the only one in Southeast Missouri.

Foster Care

Grant will help foster youth in Forsyth County
Winston-Salem Journal, Forsyth County, PA – July 22, 2011
A $600,000 grant announced Thursday will benefit the Youth in Transition Community Initiative of Forsyth County, an initiative that serves foster youth.  The grant, awarded from the Duke Endowment, will help youths aging out of foster care with housing support, financial training and mentoring.

Young people too old for foster care get help
The Sun, Redlands, CA – July 17, 2011
When a young man showed up on DeeDee Schilt's doorstep last year offering to work for food and shelter, she knew she had to do something.  Not just for him, but for what she soon discovered were hundreds in his position: too old for foster care, which ends at 18, but not quite ready to support themselves.  Of about 425 people who "age out" of San Bernardino County's foster care system every year, about 70percent will be homeless for at least a stretch of time, she said.

Teen Pregnancy

Research Aims to Reduce Teen Pregnancy Among Latinos
The University of Texas, Austin, TX – July 19, 2011
Latina teens would benefit from expanded sexual education programs in schools and increased flexibility in education beyond high school to prevent unplanned pregnancies, according to a report by social scientists at the Population Research Center at The University of Texas at Austin.  The report, funded by the Texas Department of State Health Services, aims to help policymakers better understand why Latina teenagers are more likely to become pregnant compared with other groups.

Ninth graders to study Safer Choices for sex ed
Bluffton Today, Beaufort County, SC – July 21, 2011
The school board unanimously approves research-based curriculum for reproductive health.  For the first time, Beaufort County freshmen and sophomores will meet their state requirements for reproductive health from a program proven to help them make safer choices.

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