Monday, August 22, 2011

This Week's News: Youth in Transition


Normandy School District Reach Out To Dropouts
Fox2Now, Normandy, MO – August 20, 2011
An in your face approach to getting kids back in school is seeing success in Normandy. They call it their annual "Reach Out to Drop Outs". Volunteers go door to door, talking face to face with kids who should be enrolled but aren't.

Coastside schools boast lowest dropout rate in county
Half Moon Bay Review, San Mateo County, CA – August 18, 2011
Local school officials say online academic recovery programs and a strong counseling force contributed to Cabrillo Unified School District's having the lowest high school dropout rate in San Mateo County.

Why Are More Black Males Dropping Out of High School?
BET – August 16, 2011
In a new PBS special, Tavis Smiley investigates why factors such as generational poverty, unemployment, and the lack of positive male role models in schools are contributing to staggering drop-out rates in Black male youth.

Juvenile Justice

New Juvenile Justice Law Aims To Keep Young Offenders Out Of Prison
Huffington Post, Illinois – August 16, 2011
Legislation signed Monday will require juvenile court judges to review additional factors before issuing sentences in Illinois, in the hopes sending fewer young people to state prison.

Advocates aim to change youth sentencing of life without parole
San Francisco Bay Guardian, California – August 16, 2011
Christian Bracamontes was 16 years old and had never been in trouble with the law when he made a decision that landed him in a California prison, serving out a sentence of life without parole.

Foster Care

'Superkids' Going Above and Beyond
Norristown Patch, Montgomery County, PA – August 17, 2011
Superkids in Montgomery County is trying to make a difference and let children know that they’re not forgotten. The group is a nonprofit organization that aims to help foster children with more than just their basic needs.

Genesee County program helps foster children prepare for life outside the system
The Flint Journal, Michigan – August 21, 2011
Sixteen teenagers living in foster care prepared last summer for life after they become too old for the system through a program called Foster Your Future. Tennison Barry directed the program and gave students a variety of experiences ranging from self-awareness to job interview training.

DHS honors students who beat the odds, Philadelphia, PA – August 17, 2011
The Philadelphia Department of Human Services held a big celebration Wednesday afternoon for young people aging out of the foster care system, young people who have worked extremely hard against incredible odds. According to DHS, approximately 500 young men and women in Philadelphia age out of foster care and must prepare to live on their own.

Teen Pregnancy

PEACE Program peers speak up about teen pregnancy, Amarillo, TX – August 18, 2011
Teen pregnancy is a hard enough issue for parents and adults to talk about, much less teens. But that's what this group of young people is committed to doing in their own schools.  Wednesday, members of the PEACE Program, or Peer Educators Acting for Change and Equality, met with the Teen Pregnancy Prevention Coalition.

Educators: Parent Involvement Vital in Kids’ Sexuality Education
Public News Service, Phoenix, AZ – August 15, 2011
Arizona schools are putting added emphasis on getting parents involved in their children's education. A PTA official says parents have an even greater responsibility when it comes to sexuality and relationships.

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