Monday, March 12, 2012

This Week's News: Youth in Transition


State High School Graduation Rates Down
KCRG, Des Moines, IA – March 8, 2012
More than one of every 10 students in the high school freshman class of 2007 didn’t make it to graduation in 2011, according to a report released Thursday by officials at the Iowa Department of Education.

Students Take a Stand Vowing to Graduate High School
KFBB ABC, Great Falls, MT – March 7, 2012
Nearly 20 students from Paris Middle School Academy in Great Falls are taking a stand. They are pledging to graduate from high school.

Program may help dropout problem
Hattiesburg American, Mississippi – March 4, 2012
Mississippi's dismal dropout rate could be lessened with an innovative national program. As The Clarion-Ledger reported, Mississippi next fall will join 16 other states in the pilot program to help high school dropouts obtain work skills and college degrees.

Fixing Education’s Broken Windows: The Importance of Early Warning
Dropout Nation - March 5, 2012
We now know that a sixth grader missing 36 or more days of school during the year has less than a one-in-five chance of graduating on time, and the same is true or a peer with discipline issues, while those students missing 18 days will also struggle to graduate.

Juvenile Justice

Juvenile justice reform bill clears big test
Fox 31, Denver, CO – March 8, 2012
Lawmakers Thursday heard from juvenile justice advocates and prosecutors, divided over legislation aimed at protecting youth offenders from entering the criminal justice system as adults.

Foundation Releases Issue Analysis on Georgia Juvenile Justice Reform
Gwinnett Gazette, Georgia – March 8, 2012
Two weeks after releasing its Issue Analysis on criminal justice reform for adults, the Georgia Public Policy Foundation today released "Five Essential Principles for Georgia's Juvenile Justice System," a new Issue Analysis that focuses on how Georgia policy-makers can enhance and improve the way the state deals with juvenile offenders.

Bringing At-Risk Teens Closer to Home: A Forum on Juvenile Justice at The New School
Talk to Me, New York, NY – March 5, 2012
The Center for New York City Affairs hosted a forum on February 2 to review the connection between child welfare and juvenile justice in New York City and the state.  The event, entitled “Ties That Bind: Reimagining juvenile justice and child welfare for teens, families and communities,” was intended to coincide with the implementation of key new initiatives that would bring the administration of the intertwined child welfare, juvenile justice and foster care services under New York City jurisdiction.

Foster Care

Former foster youth step into the workplace to shadow mentors
SF State News, San Francisco, CA – March 6, 2012
Finding a job in today's economy can be a worry for many graduating seniors, but it is a particular concern for students who came to SF State from the foster care system.

Child welfare changes a step closer
World-Herald Bureau, Lincoln, NE – March 8, 2012
Legislative efforts to revamp Nebraska's child welfare system won't directly affect Amy Peters.  Not anymore, at least.  The 22-year-old Lincoln college student aged out of foster care a few years ago.  But she and other former foster children came to the State Capitol on Wednesday to watch lawmakers debate measures to ensure that the state properly cares for current foster children.

Teen Pregnancy

Recruiting adults to prevent unplanned teen pregnancies
Newsworks, Philadelphia, PA – March 5, 2012
This month the WHYY/WURD series on African-American health — In the Gap: Voices from the Health Divide — examines teen pregnancy prevention.  A door-to-door campaign is gearing up in North Philadelphia.

Southcoast RAPPP to offer Youth Development and Health Education camps for children, teens
Wicked Local, Wareham, MA – March 9, 2012
The Southcoast Hospitals’ Responsible Attitudes toward Pregnancy, Parenting & Prevention (RAPPP) Program is offering youth development and reproductive health education classes this summer for boys and girls ages 11 to 14 in a camp-style atmosphere.

Teen pregnancy: Challenges
Enid News, Enid, OK – March 10, 2012
Mykalah Stampley is looking forward to the birth of her baby girl, expected in late May. But, as much as the teen mother is looking forward to her daughter’s arrival, she wants other teens to consider the hardships and challenges that come with teen pregnancy.

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