Monday, April 16, 2012

This Week's News: Youth in Transition


Show will highlight high school drop-out crisis
The Times-Picayume, New Orleans, LA – April 13, 2012
American Graduate: Let's Make it Happen is a public media initiative designed to help communities across America find solutions to the drop-out crisis. It is sponsored by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting in partnership with America's Promise Alliance and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

JPS officials work to curb dropouts
The Jamestown Sun, Jamestown, ND – April 13, 2012
Students enter or leave Jamestown Public Schools almost daily for a multitude of reasons. At the high school level, some simply quit.   “There isn’t hardly a day that goes by that I don’t get an enrollment update from an elementary school, the middle school or the high school,” said JPS Superintendent Bob Toso.

Brockton High School to receive Gould Award from Associated Industries of Massachusetts
Enterprise, Brockton, MA – April 12, 2012
Principal Sue Szachowicz will be able to add another accolade to Brockton High School’s resume next month when the Associated Industries of Massachusetts gives the school its annual Gould Award.  The award, given annually by AIM since 1998, recognizes the contributions of individuals and institutions in improving public education and advancement, employability and productivity.

Juvenile Justice

Youth Court aims to get misbehaving teens back on the right track, Sandy, UT – April 10, 2012
It's considered one of the most successful juvenile programs in the state: Youth Court. Organizers say it helps steer good kids away from a possibly bad direction.  Every other Tuesday, a jury made up of school-age kids gathers in a Sandy City court room and doles out punishment to other kids who've committed essentially petty crimes.

Juvenile Information Sharing Bill Becomes Law in Wisconsin
My Stateline, Rock County, WI – April 10, 2012
Juvenile Justice Service Division Manager Lance Horozewski oversees all juvenile court cases and services in Rock County.  He does what he can to make sure he's providing the right and appropriate services to stateline kids.

Partnership provides extra help to keep troubled youths out of court system
News-Leader, MO – April 9, 2012
Local juvenile and school officials are exploring a new approach to keep youths who get into a little trouble from making bigger mistakes.  They hope a pilot program that provides extra help at the school level will keep fewer children and youths from ever entering the juvenile court system.

Foster Care

Teens give a voice to those in foster care in hopes of making the system more effective
ABC5, Cleveland, OH – April 12, 2012
"We've got to fight that fight and it's not going to stop. Foster care is inevitable."  Those are powerful words coming from a young man who is familiar with life in the foster care system. His mother was in the system and subsequently, so was he.

Mentor program helps youth in need
City Times, San Diego, CA – April 12, 2012
With an alarming statistic stating that roughly 3 percent of youths in foster care will be graduating once in college, the Public Mental Health Academy decided to launch the Foster Youth Mentor Program this semester at City College.

Teen Pregnancy

U.S. teen pregnancy rates at an all-time low across all ethnicities
CBS News – April 10, 2012
The rate of teenagers becoming mothers is declining rapidly, according to a new report published by the Centers for Disease Control  and Prevention (CDC). The average teen birth rate decreased 9 percent from 2009 to 2010, reaching an all time low of 34.3 births per 1,000 women aged 15 to 19.  That's a 44 percent drop from 1991 to 2010. There were less teenage mothers in 2010 than any year since 1946.

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