Monday, February 06, 2012

This Week's News: Youth in Transition


Bill would raise high-school dropout age to 18
Tucson Citizen, Arizona – February 6, 2012
State Rep. Daniel Patterson, D-Tucson, has introduced a bill that would increase the age at which high-school students could legally drop out from 16 to 18.

State pols mull raising high school dropout age
Boston Herald, Massachusetts – January 30, 2012
A call by President Obama during his State of the Union address to raise the minimum dropout age to 18 may have breathed new life into the issue on Beacon Hill, where proposals to keep the state’s thousands of yearly dropouts in the classroom have stalled in recent years.

Educators say funding key to reducing dropouts
Chicago Tribune, Illinois – February 1, 2012
Gov. Pat Quinn is pushing state lawmakers to raise the age students can legally drop out of school from 17 to 18, a move aimed at improving graduation rates but one that local educators say won't accomplish much unless the state also provides the money to keep at-risk students in school.

Juvenile Justice

California's youth prisons nearing an end
San Francisco Chronicle, California – February 1, 2012
In January 2011, Gov. Jerry Brown announced his plan to shut down all state youth prisons by 2014. If backed by the Legislature, the governor's proposal would have counties share $10 million to develop prudent local alternatives to state custodial facilities.

Gov wants incarcerated juveniles 'close to home'
Legislative Gazette, New York – January 30, 2012
Gov. Andrew Cuomo continues to build on reforms to the state's juvenile justice system by proposing the "Close to Home" initiative which would allow New York City's youth to be treated in facilities near their homes.

MacArthur Foundation, Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Announce Private-Public Partnership
Philanthropy News Digest – January 30, 2012
The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation and the U.S. Department of Justice's Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) have announced a private-public partnership that includes a $2 million commitment to support innovative reforms in treatment and services for youth involved in the juvenile justice and child welfare systems.

Foster Care

Neb. bill would expand foster care benefits for young adults who age out with little support
The Republic, Lincoln, NB – February 5, 2012
Teenagers who age out of Nebraska's foster care system could qualify for medical benefits, college financial aid and other help adjusting to adulthood until they turn 21, under a bill in the Legislature.

Group helps youths in foster care to move into adulthood
News-Press, Florida – January 29, 2012
Helping foster children transition to real life when they get too old for the care system was the goal Sunday of a fundraiser by Supporting Independent Young Adults.  Jane Bell, co-founder of the nonprofit SIYA, said the event at the Paseo Village Center was designed to help the organization eventually build a model transitional living center that would help foster children handle their entry into adulthood.

Teen Pregnancy

SC Teen Pregnancy Numbers Drop but Experts Say More Education Needed
CBS 7, South Carolina – February 5, 2012
Teen pregnancies are at their lowest rate ever according to the SC Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy.  But despite this great news, South Carolina is still 12th in the nation for teens who become pregnant.  Non profit organizations in the Upstate like REACH Upstate said teens need more education to keep them aware of the risks and consequences of beign sexually active at a young age.

TCS working harder to help reduce the state’s teen pregnancy rate
The-Dispatch, Thomasville, NC – January 30, 2012
Thomasville High School senior Capri Billie is learning about important issues teens face on a regular basis by being part of the Teen PEP program. But she’s going a step further and sharing that knowledge with younger students to help them make better decisions about sex and health.

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