Monday, March 26, 2012

This Week's News: Youth in Transition


AT&T's $250 Million Plan to Reduce High School Dropouts
Business Week, Washington, DC – March 19, 2012
As educators, policy makers, and other leaders gathered in Washington on Monday for the Building a Grad Nation Summit, it’s no surprise that one of the first people they heard from was AT&T Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Randall Stephenson.

Committee vote set on raising school dropout age
Wicked Local, Norwell, MA – March 22, 2012
A legislative committee is poised to advance legislation that will raise the state’s minimum high school dropout age to 18 in time for the 2014-2015 school year, an effort that backers say will help chip away at the 8,000 students per year who quit school and disproportionately wind up in prison or dependent upon taxpayer-funded programs.

High school graduation rates up 3.5% since 2001
Herald Times Reporter, South Hagerstown, MD – March 19, 2012
The last straw for 17-year-old Alton Burke was a note left on his door. The high school dropout picked up the phone and re-enrolled at South Hagerstown High in Maryland.

Juvenile Justice

Supreme Court Revisits Issue of Harsh Sentences for Juveniles
The New York Times, Washington, DC – March 20, 2012
At a pair of Supreme Court arguments on Tuesday, the justices returned to the question of what the Constitution has to say about harsh sentences imposed on juvenile offenders.

Police, court train on youth issues
The Register-Herald, West Virginia – March 22, 2012
Law enforcement officers from across the state have gathered at the National Mine Health and Safety Academy for advanced training in dealing with youths.

Foster Care

Cash assistance for Florida's former foster children continues unchanged, Tallahassee, FL – March 21, 2012
The idea to scale back Florida's cash assistance for former foster children is dead this year, but so are the reforms proposed for the Road to Independence Program.

CASA makes plans for kids after foster program
KHAS TV, Nebraska – March 19, 2012
Each year, dozens of teens age out of the state's foster care system when they turn 19 and go off to live on their own. Many of them are unprepared for life after leaving the foster care system.  The program is being created by CASA of South Central Nebraska.
Their goal is to reach out to kids who age out of the foster care system and provide them with services they need to become productive citizens in the community.

Teen Pregnancy

Teen birth rate drops in California
Los Angeles Times, California – 20, 2012
The rate of teenagers having babies in California hit a record low in 2010, the state Department of Public Health announced Tuesday.

Youth pregnancy prevention and education program opens drop-in center
South Coast Today, New Bedford, MA – March 24, 2012
A program that educates SouthCoast teenagers and middle schoolers about pregnancy, prevention and parenting has set up house on Ashley Boulevard, where it now offers an after-school drop-in center for area youth.

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