Monday, January 21, 2013

This Week's News: Youth in Transition


How to Get High School Dropouts Into 'Recovery'? Ideas Bloom Across US
CNBC – January 16, 2013
Cydmarie Quinones dropped out of Boston's English High School in May 2011 – senior year. "It was the usual boyfriend story," she says. "You put so much attention into your relationship ... that it kind of messes up the whole school thing."  Six classes shy of the credits she needed, she thought that she could skip getting a diploma and still find a college that would train her to be a medical assistant.

Schools retaining more students
Shelby Star, North Carolina – January 14, 2013
The number of county high school dropouts decreased by 28 percent last school year, according to an annual state report.  The report from the NC Department of Public Instruction shows 250 Cleveland County students dropped out in the 2010-11 school year and that number fell to 180 students in the 2011-12 school year.

Brookline High graduates working with City Year
Wicked Local Brookline, Brookline, MA – January 20, 2013
Kara Alhadeff, Brad Buillory and Rachel Kaplan, all graduates of Brookline High School, have committed a year to help students in Boston succeed by serving as AmeriCorps members with City Year.

Juvenile Justice

Juvenile justice: Changes made in laws affecting youths
Midland Daily News, Michigan – January 16, 2013
It’s been years in the making, but now some big changes have been made to laws pertaining to juveniles in court.  “The predominant push is the idea that we need to have laws that are geared to juveniles,” Midland County Probate Judge Dorene S. Allen said. “Not use adult laws for juveniles.”

Court eases youth-prison oversight
The Columbus Dispatch, Ohio – January 19, 2013
A federal judge yesterday ended most of his court-ordered monitoring of Ohio’s youth-prison system while ruling that oversight of mental-health services and units for students with behavioral issues must continue.  The decision by Judge Algenon L. Marbley in U.S. District Court in Columbus brings to an end the ongoing court review of numerous issues, such as general education, use of force and dental services.

Foster Care

Bill Aims to Help Foster Kids Aging Out of Care
1011, Nebraska – January 15, 2013
A Nebraska state senator says she has a solution to help foster care youth transition into adulthood.  Sen. Amanda McGill of Lincoln proposed a bill Tuesday that would help 19 and 20-year-old foster care youth find housing, Medicaid and case management assistance.  McGill says young people leaving the foster care system face significant barriers in looking for employment and entering college.

Landrieu bill expected to help foster children
Advocate, Washington, DC – January 16, 2013
Sen. Mary Landrieu said Tuesday that her Uninterrupted Scholars Act legislation can help hundreds of thousands of foster children stay on track in their schools.  The legislation was signed into law on Monday by President Barack Obama.  The new law is intended to fix a loophole that prevented child welfare agencies from seeing the educational histories of foster children because of privacy regulations in the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act.

Teen Pregnancy

AL Teen Birth Rates on the Decline
WTVY, Alabama  -January 16, 2013
It's all good news, Alabama is on the right track to continue to lower teen birth rates.
The Alabama Department of Public Health shows back in 2010, there were more than 7000 teen births.  In 2012 that number was in the 6-thousand range.  ”The most significant factor that causes a decrease in birthrate in teens is education. Educations is usually provided by the health department and by any outlying program that can assist in teaching young women about birth control.” Southeast Alabama Medical Center OBGYN John Gordon said.

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