Monday, January 23, 2012

This Week's News: Youth in Transition


Community college graduations pushed; ECC programs touted
The Courier-News, Elgin, IL – January 20, 2012
Illinois Lt. Gov. Sheila Simon has released a report on the state of the state’s community colleges, and has proposed a number of reforms summing up her fact-finding tour of every community college in the state over the past year.

School districts aim to keep drop-out rates low
Killeen Daily Herald, Killeen, TX – January 21, 2012
When Bobbie Reeders tells how many students graduated from her school so far this year, the pride in their achievements is apparent in her voice.  "It was 42 at our winter graduation," said Reeders. "Last year, we had 219 total."

Program to help 5th-year seniors earn diplomas
The Columbia County News-Times, Columbia County, GA – January 22, 2012
A new program to help fifth-year Columbia County high school seniors get their diplomas more quickly starts Monday at the alternative school in Grovetown.  Called Saving Our Students (S.O.S.), the program specifically targets seniors who would benefit from an alternative to the traditional high school setting.

Juvenile Justice

Illinois official urges juvenile justice reform
Evansville Courier & Press, Illinois – January 19, 2012
George Timberlake retired five years ago as an Illinois judge, and now he's convinced he was doing it all wrong.  "I put kids in jail at a higher rate than almost anybody," he told the Henderson Rotary Club on Thursday. "I thought that was the right way to do things."  But when he "turned around and looked at what I had been doing," he said, he came to the conclusion that "we were just greasing the skids" for youngsters' path downhill to adult prison.

New Juvenile Court Guidelines to Help Struggling Students
The San Fernando Valley Sun, Los Angles, CA – January 19, 2012
Los Angeles' Juvenile Court Presiding Judge Michael Nash has issued new guidelines to eliminate fines and unnecessary court time for students who were late to school and for other minor offenses. The court will also direct students who miss school to seek out school- and community-based resources that are shown to improve academic achievement and get struggling students back on track.

Foster Care

New Bronx housing development offers fresh start  to young adults exiting foster care
NY Daily News, New York – January 19, 2012
Steven Nunez never had a father, lost his mother when he was 10 years old and spent seven years in foster care. When he aged out of the New York City foster care system, he had nowhere to go, so he started sleeping on couches and the subway. But today the slim, upbeat 28-year-old college student and aspiring restaurateur boasts a shiny studio apartment with a kitchen that faces the rising sun and Tremont Park in the Bronx.

Colleges offer help to foster care youth
The Washington Times, New York, NY – January 20, 2012
A growing number of colleges around the country are providing special support services for students who have spent time in the American foster care system.  Public colleges and universities in California are in the forefront of this movement and have piloted innovative programs designed to help former foster care youth succeed in their studies.

AB 12 offers support to foster youth after age 18
Turlock Journal, California – January 17, 2012
urlock high school student Miranda Scoles is one of the approximately 5,000 foster youth in California and 40 in Stanislaus County who turned 18 this year, automatically aging-out of the system. In the past, Scoles would have had to face the world without financial support or the help of a social worker.  But thanks to the California Fostering Connections to Success Act (Assembly Bill 12), she will remain in foster care and receive services and support until age 20.

Teen Pregnancy

Fighting teen pregnancy in Minnesota
Twin Cities Daily Planet, Minnesota – January 19, 2012
Nine Hennepin and Ramsey County organizations will have some extra help fighting teen pregnancy in 2012, thanks to grants announced in December by the Ripley Memorial Foundation.  The foundation has awarded a total of $59,500 to metro-area programs aimed at reducing teen birth rates in at-risk communities.

Report: Start educating kids early about their body, sex
Today’s THV Channel 11, Little Rock, AK – January 19, 2012
A new report released by sex advocates details when children should be taught about their bodies and how.  The National Sexuality Education Standards: Core Content and Skills, K-12 (  is presented by The Future of Sex Education, an initiative started by sex education advocates.  According to FoSE, the goal of the report is "to provide clear, consistent and straightforward guidance on the essential minimum, core content for sexuality education that is age-appropriate for students in grades K-12.

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