Monday, November 07, 2011

This Week's News: Youth in Transition


County students at Virtual fulfill graduation requirements online
Las Vegas Review-Journal, Clark County, NV – November 6, 2011
Fifteen-year-old Jared Smith sat in a high school classroom for the last time on Monday.  No, he's not a Doogie Howser kind of genius graduating early. He's not being home-schooled by his mom. And he's not dropping out.

Truancy a family affair
The Beacon-News, Illinois – November 6, 2011
They’re mostly teenagers, mostly male, and mostly under the assumption they have something better to do with their days than listen to a teacher drone on about algebra or British Literature.  That’s the conception most people have of students who are chronically truant from school.

Trimble clearing obstacles to graduation for at-risk students
Madison Courier, Trimble County, IN – November 2, 2011
This year the Trimble County High School is trying something new to increase the graduation rate and decrease the dropout rate. The school began a credit recovery program that is helping 18 students who have fallen behind to obtain their high school diploma.

Juvenile Justice

Program aimed at cutting African-American teens in juvenile justice system open to girls
The Republic, Baltimore, IN – November 2, 2011
A program meant to reduce the number of African-American boys in the juvenile justice system is being expanded to include girls. The program collaborates with the teens and their families, to encourage the teens to address the underlying issues that lead to anti-social or deviant behavior.

Foster Care

Fighting to change foster care
KXAN, Austin, TX – November 3, 2011
When Courtney Jones looks at photos of herself when she was a young child, she often wonders what she was thinking at that age. Courtney was part of a state panel that recommended changes to the Texas foster care system.’’

Aging out at 21? Child welfare advocates say yes
NewsWorks, PA – November 2, 2011
Federal legislation passed in 2008 provides matching funds for states to provide foster care services through age 21 for most young adults, but Pennsylvania is one of the majority of states that have not extended assistance.  At a public hearing held by state Sen. LeAnna Washington in Philadelphia Wednesday, 18-year-old Braheem Farmer testified in favor of more services for older youth.

Grant aids young people leaving foster care
The Columbian, Washington – October 31, 2011
A local program that helps young people transition out of foster care is receiving a $100,000 grant from a national nonprofit that focuses on those at-risk youth. Innovative Services NW announced that its Transitions Program will be receiving the one-year, $100,000 grant from the Andrus Family Fund.

Teen Pregnancy

Abt Associates to Study the Effectiveness of Teen Pregnancy Prevention Programs
The Sacramento Bee, Bethesda, MA – November 3, 2011
Abt Associates, a global research and program implementation company, today announced it has been awarded an $11.1 million contract by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to evaluate the effectiveness of replications of three teen pregnancy prevention program models.  

Educating to prevent teen pregnancy
Chicago Parent, Illinois – November 4, 2011
Talking to their teens about sex is awkward for most parents, so three local agencies are joining to make the conversation a little easier.  Chicago Public Schools and the Chicago Department of Public Health are attacking the problem of teen pregnancy by partnering with Plan Parenthood of Illinois to teach parents how to talk to their kids.

Pregnant pauses
The News Star, Louisiana - November 5, 2011
In 2004, Ouachita Parish's teen birth rate was 54.7, reflecting the number of births per 1,000 teen females ages 15 to 19, according to data released by the Department of Health and Hospitals. In 2009, that rate increased to 65.7.  That's why GO CARE this Saturday will start implementing a Centers for Disease Control-funded teen pregnancy prevention program.

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