Monday, November 14, 2011

This Week's News: Youth in Transition


St. Louis Teachers Voice Struggles Over Dropouts
PBS Newshour, St. Louis, MO – November 8, 2011
Teachers are struggling to find solutions to the high school dropout crisis plaguing the nation. As part of our American Graduate Project series, Gwen Ifill discusses the challenges educators are facing in the classroom with Civic Enterprises' John Bridgeland.

WTTW11 Kicks Off "American Graduate: Let’s Make It Happen"

WTTW, Chicago, IL – November 7, 2011

Nearly 40 percent of Chicago Public School students drop out. Why are they dropping out and what can be done to get them back on track to graduate? Elizabeth Brackett looks at two programs with some answers.

Forum focuses on lowering dropout rate for students

St. Louis Today, St. Louis, MO – November 8, 2011

School teacher Barrett Taylor said schools need to adapt curricula to fit student needs.  The CPB has partnered with youth advocacy group America's Promise Alliance and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to address the dropout problem. Monday's American Graduate Teacher Town Hall meeting was the first of 12 to be held across the country.

Juvenile Justice

New option for girls in juvenile justice system
The Capital, Annapolis, MD – November 12, 2011
For the first time, Baltimore girls going through the juvenile justice system now have an alternative to detention while waiting to be adjudicated - an alternative that's been available to boys for years.

Restorative Justice for Santa Clara County's Youth Court
Mercury News, Santa Clara, CA – November 9, 2011

In my State of the County address, I stated that my big, hairy audacious goal as a county supervisor is to put juvenile hall out of business. My vision is that we will transform the Juvenile Justice System, shifting the emphasis from punishment to reform. I believe that quite often these young children can be shown how to become good-standing members of their community. This is possible even if they have made an early detour into the justice system.

Foster Care

Program helps make transition from foster more successful
The Miami Herald, Coconut Grove, FL – November 12, 2011
Casa Valentina was created to provide safe and affordable housing for young women who had aged out of foster care. But in the five years since opening its doors, the nonprofit has become much more.

Advocates pushing for more help for foster children in Kentucky after they turn 18
The Republic, Lexington, KY – November 12, 2011
Evicted and struggling to save money to buy a car, 19-year-old Clairessa Johnson often feels hopeless.  Johnson and her infant daughter have been staying with a friend and she's saving what she can from a minimum-wage fast-food job in Lexington.

At Children's Village, Finding the WAY Home
 Rivertowns Patch, Rivertowns, NY – November 10, 2011
It’s hard enough growing up in foster care.  It’s harder still to establish an independent adult life when you’re abruptly shifted from a residential care setting, like Dobbs Ferry’s Children’s Village, into an unstructured and untethered existence as you age out of the system.

Teen Pregnancy

CDC director: Reducing teen pregnancy will reduce ‘societal inequality’
The Florida Independent, Florida – November 11, 2011
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Thomas Frieden said Wednesday that reducing teen pregnancy should be a major public health priority in the U.S., according to the National Journal. Friedan said teen pregnancy affects health care costs and limits opportunities for young girls.

State's Division of Public Health releases adolescent sexual health plan
Dover Post, Dover, DE – November 7, 2011
The Delaware Division of Public Health's Teen Pregnancy Prevention Advisory Board has released an Adolescent Sexual Health State Plan to help Delawareans become involved in preventing teen pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections.

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