Monday, August 13, 2012

This Week's News: Youth in Transition


Law asks panel to find ways to boost graduation rate in Illinois
Chicago Sun-Times, Illinois – August 12, 2012
The Commission for High School Graduation Achievement and Success will look at alternative education programs to help keep at-risk students in class. The group has to present its findings to Quinn and lawmakers by Nov. 1.

YouthBuild to allow more students to join program, Normal, IL – August 10, 2012
A student can now earn a high school diploma, GED or learn vocational skills at YouthBuild McLean County without being a high school drop-out.  That change was approved by the McLean County Unit 5 school board this week when it amended its charter school agreement with YouthBuild. Another change allows YouthBuild to become a year-round school.

'Be Ready' Program Hopes To Improve High School Graduation Rates
WIBC 93.1, Indiana – August 11, 2012
An initiative called 'Be Ready' is gearing up to make sure Hoosier students are prepared for academic success. It's an effort led by the Boys and Girls Club to decrease high school dropout rates.

Juvenile Justice

College hopes renewed for Lawrence dropouts
Eagle-Tribune, Lawrence, NH – August 9, 2012
This month’s opening of Phoenix Academy-Lawrence, a new alternative high school, will revive college hopes and careers for hundreds of dropouts in the city.

Juvenile offenders to get fresh start
Weatherford Democrat, Parker County, TX – August 9, 2012
The U.S. Department of Labor recently awarded a grant of $1.5 million that is expected to help young Parker County adults who have been involved in the juvenile justice system gain education, vocational training and an opportunity to give back to the community.

Foster Care

Angel House provides launch into real world
The Cherokee Ledger-News, Georgia – August 7, 2012
Angel House of North Georgia, a private nonprofit foster care facility near Canton, offers a haven for young girls in need. Now, the organization has spread its wings to provide another service —transitional apartments where the young women can live as they age out of foster care and gain a footing living independently.

Foster scholars get help
The Union Democrat, Calavaras County, CA - August 6, 2012
A half-dozen college freshmen who grew up in foster care in Calaveras County could get a little more care and support this year if a campaign envisioned by a Valley Springs woman takes off as planned.  Karen Pekarcik, who has extensive experience working with youth as the executive director of First 5 Calaveras, is recruiting at least five county residents who want to join her in sponsoring a student.

Teen Pregnancy

Scholars argue lack of economic prospects leads teens to pregnancy, Michigan – August 9, 2012
The Catherine Ferguson Academy is on its summer schedule, and the custodians’ floor-polishing has pushed much of what is unique about the Detroit charter high school into the halls. A line of high chairs blocks a row of lockers. A table with built-in chairs for four infants stands near a pushcart designed to hold nine of them. And everywhere are posters of rainbow-colored condoms.

Salem-Keizer School District to keep teen pregnancy prevention class by Planned Parenthood
The Statesman Journal, Oregon – August 8, 2012
Salem-Keizer School District announced Tuesday it will keep its teen pregnancy prevention class as is despite a parent’s objection to Planned Parenthood’s involvement.  Planned Parenthood received a $20 million grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to offer Teen Outreach Program to five states, including Oregon.

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