Monday, June 11, 2012

This Week's News: Youth in Transition


Hope for high school dropouts
CBS News – June 9, 2012
In all the excitement of high school graduation season, it's easy to overlook the fact that 1 in 4 American high school students drop out before getting their diploma. With job prospects for dropouts bleaker than ever, an innovative program is helping many of them get back on track.

Arizona high school graduation rate improvement among best in nation
Arizona Daily Sun, Arizona – June 9, 2012
Arizona high schools have increased their graduation rate by 24 percentage points in the last decade, the biggest increase in the country, according to a national report released Friday.  State officials said one of the chief reasons for Arizona's increase has been the rise in the number of Latino students graduating from high school.

Mott Community College targets high school drop outs
NBC25, Flint, MI – June 5, 2012
Mott Community College is in the final stages of qualifying for a federal grant that will allow them to continue efforts to help at-risk students in Genesee County.

Juvenile Justice

Judge pushes for changes to state’s delinquency court
Oklahoman, Tulka, OK – June 11, 2012
Judge Doris Fransein has been pushing for a single child-focused bureau, a multidisciplinary concept that breaks down walls between agencies, dockets and community services.

Marin grand jury calls for more alternative justice programs
Marin Independent Journal, Marin County, CA – June 10, 2012
The Marin County Civil Grand Jury is calling for broader use of "restorative justice," a law enforcement philosophy that emphasizes reconciliation over punitive retribution.  In a new report, "Restorative Justice: Its Time Has Come in Marin County," the grand jury acknowledged that the practice strikes some as "soft on crime."

Foster Care

Program helps Nebraska foster children aging out of system find jobs, housing, transportation
The Republic, Omaha, NE – June 4, 2012
A program designed to help Nebraska teens when they are released from the foster care system at the age of 19 is ramping up its efforts to reach more of those young adults.

Extended foster care aims to reduce homelessness, Ventura County, CA – June 7, 2012
For Dominique Martinez, turning 18 meant facing the possibility of homelessness.  The Ventura resident grew up in the state’s foster care system, and when she aged out in 2010, she didn’t know the first thing about finding an apartment, signing a lease or paying rent. She didn’t even know how to go grocery shopping.

Teen Pregnancy

Prevention program aims to lower teen pregnancy rate
Merced Sun-Star, Merced County, CA – June 6, 2012
Despite California's teen birth rate dropping to a record low, teen pregnancy continues to rank as a serious problem in Merced and Stanislaus counties.  Merced County ranked No. 9 and Stanislaus County ranked No. 18 in the number of teen pregnancies per 1,000 teenagers, according to a recent report from the California Department of Public Health.

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