Monday, October 22, 2012

This Week's News: Youth in Transition


FCHS senior addresses drop out problem
Daily American News, West Frankfort, IL – October 18, 2012
There are many factors that are common to all high schools. Most are good and positive. Some, like the “drop-out" rate, raises its ugly head in all districts. Frankfort Community High School is no exception. But “Freshman Focus,” a new program implemented this year by FCHS principal Danny Stevens, seems to be making a difference.

In southern Iredell, 'Stay in School' is more than a slogan
Mooresville Tribune, Iredell County, NC – October 15, 2012
Public high schools in southern Iredell County have some of the lowest student dropout rates in the state.  The Mooresville Graded School District reported that in 2011-12 it had its lowest dropout rate – 2 percent -- in six years. Lake Norman High School had a dropout rate of less than one percent -- .6 percent to be exact.

The Cornerstone of Success: Education
Chicago Tribune, IL – October 17, 2012
It might begin with a child discovering a new word through a volunteer reading to them. Or perhaps a teen struggling in class receives the additional attention needed to pass a math test. These small acts can trigger years of learning and academic success . And when one child succeeds, an entire community is uplifted.

Juvenile Justice

Commission Examines Youth Court System
WTOK ABC 11, Mississippi – October 21, 2012
To make sure all three branches of state government are on the same page, the Commission  on Children's Justice held its final public hearing Thursday.  It brought together judicial, foster care and educational sectors to get a better understanding of what happens when juveniles face the state's judicial process.

Foster Care

Hart: Judges listen, make difference in children's lives
Houston Chronicle, Texas – October 16, 2012
On paper, the plan made no sense to Juvenile Judge Angela Ellis. Sixteen-year-old twin girls in foster care wanted to go live with a 21-year-old sister. But after several face-to-face meetings with all of the young women, the judge changed her mind and agreed to the arrangement.

Horses Make a Difference in the Lives of At Risk Youth
The Herald, Old Bethpage, NY – October 17, 2012
Family Residences and Essential Enterprises, Inc. (FREE), a not-for-profit agency that supports more than 3,000 individuals with different abilities on Long Island, will join Heart Gallery NYC at an Open House and Press Conference to introduce an ongoing series of Life/Job Skills and Workforce Development Workshops for children in care and for those young adults transitioning out of foster care.
Teen Pregnancy

Milwaukee's teen birthrate drops for fifth year in row
Journal Sentinel, Milwaukee, WI – October 19, 2012
Milwaukee's teen birthrate - the second highest in the nation less than a decade ago - last year dropped for a fifth year in a row to a new historic low.  The drop wasn't as dramatic as those seen in 2009 and 2010, but the city remains on pace to reach a goal of reducing the teen birthrate to 30 per 1,000 teens ages 15 to 17 by 2015 - a goal set in 2007 by United Way of Greater Milwaukee, the Center for Urban Population Health and the Milwaukee Health Department.

Alexandria Campaign on Adolescent Pregnancy Gets Grant Funds to Target Teens
DelRay Patch,  Alexandria, CA – October 18, 2012
More teens in Alexandria will be learning about how to prevent pregnancy, HIV and other sexually transmitted infections through a new federal grant to the Alexandria Campaign on Adolescent Pregnancy (ACAP).  ACAP was awarded a three-year Personal Responsibility Education Program federal grant to provide prevention programs that address teen pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections.

Class aims to lower teen pregnancy, build life skills
The News Herald, Panama City, FL – October 18, 2012
Ninth-grade students at Bay High are in a class designed to prevent teen pregnancies and build life skills.  The Teen Outreach Program, called TOP, is a youth development program that, in addition to covering safe sex and contraceptives education, reaches into the social aspect of the lives of adolescents, helping them to find a sense of purpose.

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