Monday, March 05, 2012

This Week's News: Youth in Transition


Legislation to increase the high school dropout age to 18 moves forward in Illinois
St. Louis Today, Illinois – February 28, 2012
President Obama’s call to raise the minimum high school dropout age to 18 is being heard in Illinois.  Legislation proposing to increase the dropout age from 17 years old to 18 is moving forward in the Illinois Senate. The bill, sponsored by state Sen. Kimberly Lightford, D-Westchester, passed through committee this afternoon and is on its way to the Senate floor for debate.

Alternative programs seek to cut schools' dropout rate
Salisbury Post, Salisbury, NC – March 4, 2012
Eduardo Carrillo dropped out his sophomore year at Salisbury High School, leaving to work full time at Old Carolina Brick.  When he got laid off, Carrillo decided it was time to go back to school.

Bill To Deny Licenses To Dropouts Advances
ABC 7, Columbia, SC – March 4, 2012
Lawmakers are taking aim at South Carolina’s high dropout rate with a bill that would take driving privileges away from students who stop going to school.

Juvenile Justice

House passes overhaul of Ga. juvenile justice system; focus on treatment
The Republic, Atlanta, GA – February 29, 2012
Juvenile courts would have to conduct an assessment of children's mental health needs before committing them into state custody as part of an overhaul of the juvenile justice code passed Wednesday by House lawmakers.

Problem youths counseling program nears reality
The Times, Illinois – February 28, 2012

The start up of a home counseling program for troubled youths is getting closer, William Pfalzgraf, the director of court services for the 13th Judicial Circuit, told members of the County Board's Judiciary Committee Tuesday.

Foster Care

UALR grad offers help, hope for former foster kids
Today’s TVH 11, Little Rock, AR – February 29, 2012
Finding a forever family doesn't come easy for everyone. Today's THV has shared countless stories of these children in our Place to Call Home series. For those about to "age out" of foster care, the chance of finding that forever home is even less.

Mary Ware Scholarship aimed at foster students living outside the system
Times-Herald, Georgia – March 4, 2012
The Mary Ware Scholarship was formed in memory of the late Mary Ware because of her love of children in need. The scholarship provides financial grants for qualified recipients to attend a range of Georgia institutions for higher learning, including traditional colleges and universities and trade schools. These grants will go to deserving Georgia high school graduates who meet specific criteria as directed by the Mary Ware Scholarship Fund, which focuses on students who are considered "at risk," do not qualify for other grant options and can demonstrate strong financial need.

JCSU Helps Foster Students Feel At Home
Fox Charlotte, Charlotte, NC – February 27, 2012
"Once you age out of foster care, you're pretty much on your own. You have to find what makes you… you," said Cory Carter, a former foster teen.  Carter entered the system at birth and lived in over 20 foster and group homes.  Carter’s transition to college wasn't easy. After one year of school in California, he was left not able to pay and homeless.  But then, Johnson C. Smith University offered him a full-ride scholarship to play football.

Teen Pregnancy

Teen pregnancies are down in Georgia
WALB 10, Albany, GA – March 3, 2012
A new study shows the country's teen pregnancy rate is at a record low.  It's down 42 per cent from its peak more than 20 years ago.  The numbers are getting better in Georgia too.  Still, many girls who get pregnant drop out of school and become a drain on the economy.  It has dramatic consequences for the young mother if she chooses not to finish school.

Money Seems to Matter for Teen Girls, Condoms
ABC News, Atlanta, GA – February 28, 2012
Teen girls whose primary source of spending money comes from their boyfriends are less likely to use condoms, according to a new study published in the Journal of Adolescent Health.

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