Monday, February 27, 2012

This Week's News: Youth in Transition


Kan. House to discuss high school dropout proposal
El Dorado Times, Topeka, KS – February 22, 2012
Kansas House members are preparing to take up a bill designed to inform high school dropouts about other means of continuing their education once they leave school.

‘Stars Over Appalachia’ program seeks
to reduce high school dropout rate in region
KyForward, Kentucky – February 24, 2012
Eastern Kentucky University is working with the Kentucky Music Hall of Fame to enlist entertainment celebrities in an effort to reduce the high school dropout rate in the university’s service region.

Rockford schools may hire help to head off dropouts
Rockford Register Star, Rockford, IL – February 23, 2012
Rockford School District is exploring whether a private firm could help boost its graduation rate by targeting middle and high school students who are at risk of dropping out.

Juvenile Justice

Kentucky Department of Juvenile Justice Conducts Comprehensive Needs Assessment
SurfKY News Group, Frankfort, KY – February 23, 2012
The Kentucky Department of Juvenile Justice recently completed an 18-month study of its training academy, thought to be the country’s first comprehensive job task analysis and needs assessment of a juvenile justice training program.

Juvenile inmates bond with dog through program
Houston Chronicle, Texas, February 26, 2012
For inmates at the Victoria Regional Juvenile Justice Center, their time spent incarcerated is less than hospitable.  Cold concrete walls surround them. Their uniforms serve as scarlet letters of the crimes they have committed. Cameras and guards are positioned to monitor every move.  Against this setting, the last things many people would expect the inmates to learn are love and compassion.  But that is exactly what is happening, thanks to the help of a new rehabilitation program and a rambunctious brown, black and tan 2-year-old dachshund/terrier mix named Alice.

Task Force addresses minority overrepresenation in juvenile justice system
The Daily Times, Blount County, TN – February 20, 2012
Some 60 kids walk into the Martin Luther King Jr. Community Center in Alcoa every day of the week for after-school enrichment tutoring sessions. Sissy Ferguson, the center’s director, said she’s somehow found a way to accommodate them all, even without much — if any — extra space.

Foster Care

Bronx facility helps those aged out of foster care
WABC ABC7, New York, NY – February 23, 2012
There's a new facility in the Bronx that provides temporary housing to young men and women who have aged out of the foster care system.

Taylor House offers direction for emancipated foster youth
Roseville Press Tribune, California – February 22, 2012
On the surface, Tarshianna Clark appears to live the life of just about any other 19-year-old college student. A look below the surface, however, reveals a very different story.  Clark and her four brothers became part of the foster care system when she was 5 years old after their mother, who was addicted to drugs, was deemed an unfit parent.

Teen Pregnancy

Local teen pregnancy rates decrease, follow statewide trend
The Times and Democrat, South Carolina – February 21, 2012
Orangeburg, Bamberg and Calhoun counties have seen a teen birth rate decline over the past decade along with the state, but officials caution that much work remains.

Local Initiative Puts Focus on Teens’ Reproductive Health
Norwood News, Bronx, NY – February 22, 2012
As federal lawmakers in Congress continue to debate over whether health insurers should be required to cover the costs of birth control, a recent city initiative is looking to curb teen pregnancy rates in the Bronx, where it is higher than in any other borough.

Project for Teens gives younger students the real facts about sex
The Free Press, Mankato, MN – February 24, 2012
The discussion got real frank, real quick.  After being introduced to the Anti-Violence Committee, members of Project for Teens began their demonstration of the work they do at area elementary and middle schools.

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