Monday, November 12, 2012

This Week's News: Youth in Transition


Lanier High School to participate in dropout prevention research project
Montgomery Advertiser, Lanier, AL – November 11, 2012
Sidney Lanier High School isn’t the only school in the state working on improving its graduation rate, but the local high school is one of only 10 recently selected to participate in a dropout prevention research project.

Harbor College opens high school dropout center
Daily Breeze, California – November 8, 2012
After his sophomore year at Banning High in Wilmington, Oscar Natividad pretty much stopped attending, opting to stay home and draw - or do a little tagging, truth be told.  This summer, the 17-year-old found a second chance in the Harbor YouthSource Center, a new entity located on the Los Angeles Harbor College campus whose small staff of tutors and counselors helps high school dropouts ages 14-21 get back on track.

Juvenile Justice

New initiative seeks to keep Philly juveniles out of jail, Philadelphia, PA – November 6, 2012
With the number of juveniles arrested in Philadelphia dropping to its lowest point since 2007, the city and youth advocates are working to ensure that children who commit minor offenses are helped back on the right path.

Foster Care

Ex-foster kids get a place to call home
My San Antonio, Texas – November 6, 2012
When Cindy Rodriguez turned 18 and “aged out” of the foster care system — something about 1,300 youth in Bexar County do each year — she found herself living on the streets, addicted to drugs and alcohol.  But seven months ago, she learned about a new housing program called Lexi's Place, a cozy, brick-and-stucco home nestled on a shady street near Churchill High School.

Teen Pregnancy

New organization targets teen pregnancy
MS News Now, Jackson, MS – November 10, 2012
A new organization in the Capital City hopes to prevent local teens from becoming parents.  Teenagers and adults met tonight at the King Edward Hotel for the gathering of Mississippi Youth Incorporated.

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