Monday, January 14, 2013

This Week's News: Youth in Transition


Lumina Foundation Adopts New Tactics to Reach College-Completion Goal
The Chronicle of Higher Education, Washington, DC – January 10, 2013
The Lumina Foundation has announced a new strategic plan, identifying two broad areas of action that it will pursue in order to help the nation increase the number of college graduates.  First, the foundation will seek to spur communities, employers, state and local lawmakers, and higher-education leaders to adopt specific goals and actions to increase the number of students who earn postsecondary credentials.

Guilford County Schools' Dropout Rate Lowest Among Large School Districts
CBS WFMY News, Greensboro, NC – January 11, 2013
If you drop out of school, you're more likely to end up in prison, and on welfare. A&T researchers estimate dropouts cost us about $169 million every year.  But, Guilford County Schools are trying to change that. The district's dropout rate dropped almost 21 percent during the 2011-12 school year, compared to the previous year. Now, the county has the lowest dropout rate among the state's largest school districts.

Joplin High School Focuses on Drop Out Rate
Ozarks First, Joplin, MO – January 10, 2013
Joplin public school administrators say the state's new evaluation system will make the graduation rate significantly more important than it was in the past.  While they add the graduation rate is improving, it's a challenge they continue to work on. The Joplin High School class of 2012 had a 78.5% graduation rate, which falls below the state average.

Juvenile Justice

The Juvenile Justice System in 2013 - January 14, 2013
The year 2013 is upon the criminal justice field with attention on many areas. I selected juvenile offenders to discuss. Yes, there are many issues related to this topic. I selected five (5) emphasis areas.

Growing Movement Toward Localizing Juvenile Justice
Juvenile Justice Information Exchange, New York, NY – January 10, 2013
Not since the opening of the first juvenile reform school in 1886 has our nation’s approach to confining delinquent youth experienced such fundamental and widespread change. From California to New York, states are reducing juvenile placements, shuttering facilities and shifting money and kids to county control. If done thoughtfully, it’s a trend that holds much promise.

Foster Care

Connected by 25 now its own non-profit agency
Fox59 – January 13, 2013
A program that started as an experiment in the Central Indiana United Way has branched out into its own non-profit, breaking a mold set by many non-profit agencies in recent years.  Connected by 25 exists across the country. The program, geared towards youth aging out of foster care, started as an incubated program several years ago in Indiana.

Teen Pregnancy

High schools offer day-care services for teen parents to prevent dropouts
The Washington Post – January 10, 2013
Victoria Perez had her head buried in a textbook as her Northwestern High School technology class studied in silence.  Two floors below, down a hallway where students rarely venture, Perez’s nearly 2-year-old son, Christian, noisily shook a musical instrument while Sandra Cruz, a day-care aide, sang “Mary Had a Little Lamb.”

Monroe County Has Lowest Teen Pregnancy Rate In State
TIU News, Indiana – January 9, 2013

A recent report from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation shows Monroe County has the lowest teen pregnancy rate per capita in the state.  For every 1,000 births in Monroe County, 14 of them are to teenage mothers, according to the latest data from the Centers for Disease Control. That is well below that statewide average of 42 births per 1,000.  Gina Forest facilitates a teen parenting support group at Indiana University Health Bloomington.

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