Monday, October 10, 2011

This Week's News: Youth in Transition


New Report Details High School Dropout Prevention Efforts
U.S. News & World Report – October 3, 2011
Most high school districts offer some sort of dropout prevention program, according to a new report released last week by the National Center for Education Statistics.

USD 437 sees progress in preventing dropouts
The Topeka Capital-Journal, Topeka, KS – October 3, 2011
Auburn-Washburn Unified School District 437 board of education members heard a report Monday that shows the district’s dropout prevention efforts are working.

'My Idea' Aims to Mobilize High School Students and Solve Dropout Crisis
TMCnet, Washington, DC – October 5, 2011
More than one million students every year, that is around one in four public school pupils, never complete high school. AT&T has made a generous donation to America’s Promise Alliance for the My Idea program. This is a program that works at helping solve the dropout crisis and helping students improve on their own lives as well as their peers.

Juvenile Justice

National Youth Justice Awareness Month Aims to Raise Issue of Juvenile Incarceration
Juvenile Justice Information Exchange – October 7, 2011
This October marks the fourth annual National Youth Justice Awareness Month. The month long program, sponsored by the Campaign for Youth Justice, involves activities and events across the United States that are centered on raising awareness and civic involvement with youth justice issues, primarily the incarceration of minors in the prison system of the nation.

Stephen Wise Renews Push for Juvenile Justice Reform
Sunshine State News, Florida – October 6, 2011
Two years after the Legislature softened Florida's zero-tolerance law in schools to prevent students from being sent to juvenile justice facilities for minor offenses, lawmakers are eager to take a second crack at juvenile justice reforms.

Group receives $135,000 grant to promote juvenile rehab programs
Arkansas News, Little Rock, AK – October 4, 2011
A child advocacy group said today it will use a $135,000 grant to fund a public information campaign promoting the success and importance of juvenile rehabilitation programs.  Paul Kelly, senior policy analyst for Arkansas Advocates for Children and Families, announced the 18-month grant from the Washington, D.C.-based Public Welfare Foundation as juvenile justice officials emphasized Arkansas’ need for more community-based programs to address the needs of non-violent juvenile offenders.

Foster Care

DCF may extend benefits to more young adults
The CT Mirror, CT – October 3, 2011
The state has been Mufasa Abdulbasil's guardian for nearly 10 years, seeing to his needs for everything from food and shelter to clothes for school. But unless he goes to college when he turns 18--something he's not sure about now--he'll be on his own. But that may soon change. DCF Commissioner Joette Katz said she is looking into whether it makes sense for the state to extend services for children until age 21, and ask the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to split the cost.

Foster Kids Ask For More Encouragement To Go To College
Hartford Courant, New Haven, CT – October 3, 2011
Alixes Rosado, who has been in and out of the state's foster care system since he was 6 and is now a senior at the University of New Haven, credits his success in part to his social worker.  "The kids [who] have somebody there caring for them and wanting them to succeed are going to do it," Rosado, 22, said Monday at a forum for legislators and state officials. "We all need a little push."

Teen Pregnancy

Revamping Sex Education: A New Approach to the Birds and the Bees
Huffington Post, New York, NY – October 6, 2011
New York City School Chancellor Dennis Walcott and Mayor Michael Bloomberg should be commended for their push to improve family life and sex education for public school students in grades 6-12. Current data indicate African-American and Latino teens in New York City have extraordinarily high rates of pregnancy, sexually transmitted infections and sexual risk-taking. Public education has an obligation to address this frightening trend.

Fonda says comprehensive approach needed to reduce teen pregnancy
The Daily Citizen, Georgia – October 6, 2011
When Jane Fonda founded the Georgia Campaign for Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention (G-CAPP) in 1996, the state had the highest teen pregnancy rate in the nation. Today, it ranks 13th. That’s considerable progress, but there’s still more work to be done.

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