Monday, February 20, 2012

This Week's News: Youth in Transition


High school dropouts get a second chance at diploma
ABC, Detroit, MI – February 13, 2012
Darrell Smith used to be a student with failing grades.  Now the senior high school student’s report card is full of A’s and B’s.  He believes it’s because of the teaching style at Fusion Academy.

Starting Early To Prevent High School Dropouts, Grand Junction, CO – February 15, 2012
Some of Mesa County's biggest organizations are teaming up and getting kids excited about staying in school.  After nearly a year in the works, The Family Solutions Partnership kicked off its new program at Nisley Elementary.

Graduation Rate in Boston Public Schools Rises to All-Time High
West Roxbury Path, Boston, MA – February 16, 2012
Data released on Wednesday by Boston Public Schools (BPS) show the district’s four-year graduation rate continues to climb to a record high.

Juvenile Justice

High-Needs Kids and Juvenile Justice Reforms
Juvenile Justice Information Exchange – February 13, 2012
As California and the nation continue to struggle with budget crises, creative and cost-effective approaches in the provision of services for high-needs youthful offender populations are becoming increasingly necessary.

Task force aims to reduce high number of minority juveniles in jail
NBC, Blount County, TN – February 18, 2012
A task force in Blount County is working to beat the statistics that put a disproportionate number of minority children in the Tennessee justice system.

Foster Care

OUT on the street
Dallas Voice, Dallas, TX – February 16, 2012
Every weekend a hunt takes place on the streets of Dallas for some of society’s most vulnerable members, and their fate often depends upon who finds them first, according to social workers who note that LGBT youth are homeless at twice the rate of the general youth population.  mie McNamara, interim director at Youth First Texas in Dallas, said her organization provides a safe place for all LGBT youths to meet and receive counseling and reliable support from peers.

Teen Pregnancy

DOH Launches New Campaign Against Teen Pregnancy
Bronx NY1, Bronx, NY – February 16, 2012
The Department of Health is hoping a new initiative will help curb teen pregnancy in the South Bronx.  Elected officials were among those who attended the kickoff event for the "Bronx Teens Connection" at the Bronx Museum Thursday.

Miami Gardens teen rally advocates abstinence
The Miami Herald, Florida – February 16, 2012
Former NBA player Tim Hardaway joined hundreds of kids during a rally at a Miami Gardens church to teach teens about the benefits of practicing safe sex.  Peacemakers, a non-profit that provides social services for local disadvantaged residents, hosted its second annual PlanBe rally on Feb. 11.

Brainerd High's "Teen Moms" club tackles dropout rate
NBC, Chattanooga, TN – February 14, 2012
"Teen Moms" is one of the most popular shows on MTV, but some say it glamorizes teen pregnancy, bestowing fame on teenage mothers.  Brainerd High School is handling teen pregnancy in a different way.  The school is offering support and encouragement to its current teen moms, while spreading the message to others that this is not a club you should aspire to join.

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