Monday, September 12, 2011

This Week's News: Youth in Transition


Project Rise offers second chance for high school dropouts
The Kansas City Star, Kansas City, MO – September 6, 2011
Times are tough for unemployed young people, but Kansas City leaders announced a program Tuesday that should provide a second chance for some lucky high school dropouts. “This is the way up and out,” Mayor Sly James said at a news conference to announce Project Rise. “The best social program we can offer is a job.”

Grant will help keep students in school
Statesman Journal, Salem-Keizer, OR – September 5, 2011
Salem-Keizer has the second-lowest graduation rate of the large districts in the state.  Officials hope that a $10.7 million federal grant will turn those numbers around during the next four years. The grant is one of 29 High School Graduation Initiative awards given to districts throughout the country to boost persistently low-performing schools.

‘Walk for Success’
The Times and Democrat, Orangeburg, SC – September 6, 2011
Orangeburg's three school districts took a "walk for success" Saturday, Aug. 27, to contact dropouts and get them back into school, but Edisto High had reached a 100-percent success rate before the day began.

Juvenile Justice

Test sets youths’ fitness for trial

The Columbus Dispatch, Ohio – September 6, 2011

Judging whether a child can stand trial for a crime should become easier next month, as Ohio enacts its first competency standards for juveniles.  No longer will clinicians struggle to apply adult standards to defendants younger than 18. Advocates hope that having statewide standards will make it easier on the courts, too.

Study Looks at Strategies for Juvenile Justice Reform
Juvenile Justice Information Exchange – September 6, 2011
Much of the nation has seen a drop in the incarceration rates for juvenile offenders, in part because of tight state budgets and falling crime rates.  That a trend has been established is not in question, say advocates. What remains to be seen, however, is whether this will be short lived or will prove to be a permanent shift in juvenile justice policy.

Foster Care

REACH to Invest in the Lives of America's Foster Youth
Huffington Post – September 8, 2011
Kim was a foster child and later adopted. Her personal experience in foster care fuels her motivation to help and support others, which is why she founded REACH -- Realizing Every Action Creates Hope. Too often, foster youth find themselves lost and unaware of what it takes to really become an "adult" at 18. This is even the case for non-foster children.

Teen Pregnancy

Study: Teen births cost Miss. $154.9M in '09
Houston Chronicle, Jackson, MS – September 8, 2011
Groups pushing for comprehensive sex education classes in Mississippi schools say there's a good economic reason for what they're doing.  A new analysis shows births to teen or preteen mothers cost the state $154.9 million in 2009.

Hewlett Foundation provides support to the city's disadvantaged youth
The Western Edition, San Francisco, CA – September 8, 2011
Through a program called “Serving Bay Area Communities,” the Hewlett Foundation based in Menlo Park has established itself as one of the major supporters of social services in the Bay Area. The Third Street Youth Center and Clinic is housed in a former liquor store. Where booze once flowed out the doors, now 1,000 young people yearly between the ages of 12 and 24 have received medical care, sexual education, health education and more.

New curriculum focuses on more than sex, Valparaiso, IN – September 5, 2011
On Monday night, members of A Positive Approach to Teen Health, or PATH, trained to teach the program Planned Potential to Northwest Indiana middle school students. The Planned Potential program was written by members of PATH with the help of a federal grant. While the grant is related to sex education and the Planned Potential program talks about relationships, it also discusses the importance of life choices, the legacy you want to leave behind and how every person has value.

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