Monday, January 28, 2013

This Week's News: Youth in Transition


Colorado "on-time" high school graduation rates increasing
The Denver Post, Colorado – January 25, 2013
On-time high school graduation rates in Colorado increased by 1.5 percentage points in 2012, to 75.4 percent, according to figures released Thursday by the state's department of education.  The state's expectation is that 80 percent of its students graduate within four years. A total of 120 Colorado schools districts, or 65.3 percent, achieved that mark.

More Latinos Are Graduating - Here's Why
ABC News  Univision – January 25, 2013
The number of Hispanic students graduating from high school is rapidly rising.  More than 70 percent of Latino students graduated on time during the 2009-2010 school year, according to data released this week by the Education Department. That's a jump of 10 points in just five years.

High school graduation rate tops 78 percent – highest since 1976
Christian Science Monitor – January 22, 2013
Public high school students are graduating at the highest rate since 1976, motivated in part by grim economic conditions and the need to be competitive in a crowded job market.  More than 3.1 million high school students received their diplomas in spring 2010, with 78.2 percent finishing in four years, the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) reported Tuesday.

Juvenile Justice

Patrick Calls For Significant Changes In Juvenile Justice Laws
WBUR, Boston, MA – January 27, 2013
Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick is filing legislation this week that would make significant changes to the state’s juvenile justice laws. The governor’s bill follows last summer’s U.S. Supreme Court ruling that said mandatory life without parole prison sentences for juveniles are unconstitutional.

Overhaul proposed for Nebraska's juvenile justice system
Lincoln Journal Star, Nebraska – January 23, 2013
Centers at Kearney and Geneva that house juvenile offenders would be closed and the state would move to a treatment-based system, under a proposal introduced Wednesday by a group of four lawmakers.  Sens. Brad Ashford and Bob Krist of Omaha and Kathy Campbell and Amanda McGill of Lincoln co-sponsored a bill (LB561) Wednesday to reorganize the juvenile justice system to focus on mental health treatment instead of punishment.

Georgetown’s LEAD Conference focuses on Juvenile Justice
Juvenile Justice Information Exchange, Washington, D.C. – January 25, 2013
A conference this week at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. focused on the work of the school’s Center for Juvenile Justice Reform (CJJR).  The Leadership, Evidence, Analysis, Debate or LEAD Conference, put on by the Georgetown Public Policy Institute, brought together representatives of various stakeholder groups, including activists, judges, experts, students and researchers.

Foster Care

Family and Youth Initiative Seeks To Give D.C. Foster Teens Loving Homes
Huffington Post, Washington, D.C. – January 25, 2013
Each year in the United States, more than 100,000 children wait to be adopted. In 2011, less than half of them were matched with adoptive families.  For older children, the likelihood of being placed in a permanent adoptive home is even bleaker: During the same year, only about one-fifth of children 12 and older were adopted.  That’s where Susan Punnett saw a need.  A 15-year veteran of child welfare and social services, Punnett founded the D.C.-based Family and Youth Initiative (FYI) to help match local teens to caring adoptive parents, giving them a place to call home.

Teen Pregnancy

We Are Change launches social media campaign for teen pregnancy prevention
The Augusta Chronicle, Richmond County, GA – January 24, 2013
Teens are reaching out to their peers through social media to help prevent teen pregnancy in Richmond County.  The Youth Leadership Council for We Are Change, a teen pregnancy prevention program funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, is sharing information on Facebook, Twitter and Tumblr about reproductive health. The social media campaign kicked off Jan. 18 with an online quiz for teenagers.

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