Monday, February 25, 2013

This Week's News: Youth in Transition


Youth Summit Workshop discusses solutions to school dropouts
WRBL CBS 3, Georgia – February 24, 2013
Georgia Appleseed, Georgia Legal Services Program and Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. are talking about some of the startling statistics of today's educational system, especially in Muscogee County at the Keep Youth in School Summit Workshop.  Through a series of presentations and discussions, the Youth Summit workshops are tackling a major local issue, school dropouts.

New program targets high school dropouts to return, pursue degrees
Winston-Salem Journal, North Carolina – February 20, 2013
Felipe Lainez didn’t know what his future held when he dropped out of high school last fall. All the Parkland High School senior knew was that school was, well, hard.  What he didn’t know, or at least didn’t think about at first, was how hard life would be without a diploma.

Bill would revise graduation requirements
The Columbian, Washington – February 18, 2013
High school graduation requirements have caught the eye of state Rep. Monica Stonier, who is working on a bill to replace some traditional course requirements with classes specific to a student's career of choice.

Juvenile Justice

Georgia Juvenile Justice Reform Bill Clears Committee, Georgia – February 21, 2013
A major reformation of Georgia’s juvenile justice system took a significant step toward passage in the state’s General Assembly Tuesday after it was voted out of the House Judiciary Committee.  As JJIE reported earlier this month, the 244-page House Bill 242 grew out of a recommendation report from the Georgia Criminal Justice Reform Council and a years-long effort to update the state’s juvenile code. Much of the bill is modeled on reforms in other states such as Texas and Ohio.

Juvenile Justice Reform: Fixing kid court
Tri-Parish Times, Louisiana – February 19, 2013
Gov. Bobby Jindal is throwing his weight behind legislation aimed at change in Louisiana’s juvenile justice system.  Local professionals who work daily with young people in trouble – or on the cusp of trouble – say the proposals have merit.   “With these reforms, we can help at-risk youth on the front-end so that they can avoid a future of incarceration and instead become productive members of society,” a statement released by Jindal last week reads.

Foster Care

New housing for foster children aging out of system to open in South Whittier
Whittier Daily News, Whittier, CA – February 23, 2013
A new home for former foster children, who have aged out of the system, is expected to open soon in this community.  The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors Tuesday approved a lease with United Friends of the Children for an apartment complex in unincorporated South Whittier that will house up to 12 people, ages 18-24.

CVCC program to boost foster youth gains steam
The News & Advance, Virginia – February 23, 2013
Central Virginia Community College’s Great Expectations program is quickly gaining momentum.  After starting with just eight students last August, Great Expectations, a program designed to make sure foster youth continue their education, thereby increasing their earning power, has 18 participants.

Space Coast YouthBuild constructs life lessons
Florida Today, Florida – February 20, 2013
In sweat and sawdust, they will learn: to build a roof, to strengthen their character, to earn honest money, to work as a team.  Many participants have been in the juvenile justice system, are aging out of foster care or have dropped out of high school.

Teen Pregnancy

Teen pregnancy rate declining in St. Charles County
St. Louis Today, St. Charles County, MO – February 20, 2013
Teen pregnancy is on a steady decline in St. Charles County, a trend that mirrors a 49 percent drop in teen births nationally in the past two decades.  From 1990 to 2000, there were nearly 23 percent fewer teen pregnancies in the county. For teens ages 15 to 17, the number dropped more than 50 percent.

Knox Co. to roll out larger campaign on STI, teen pregnancy prevention
WBIR NBC 10, Knox County, TN – February 20, 2013
Knox County officials plan to roll out a much larger media campaign this year to educate  families and teens about sexually transmitted diseases and teen pregnancy.  Already, there are billboards up around town, and a new website launched in October.

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