Monday, June 10, 2013

This Week's News: Youth in Transition


High School Graduation Rate Hits 40-Year Peak in the U.S.
The Atlantic – June 6, 2013
The nation's high school graduation rate is approaching 75 percent, its highest rate in 40 years, according to a new report from Education Week. Of course, that good news must be tempered with a sobering statistic -- an estimated 1 million students will fail to graduate this year, a loss of 5,500 students for every day on the academic calendar.

Goodwill to open four more dropout recovery schools
Indianapolis Business Journal, Indiana – June 6, 2013
Goodwill Industries of Central Indiana will nearly double its number of adult education schools in August and thinks it has only scratched the surface of the potential market for this new breed of schools.

Region sees dramatic decline in dropout rates
The Exponent Telegram, Clarksburg, WV – June 8, 2013
ED options programs, credit recovery, meetings with superintendents and graduation coaches are being credited for helping some area school districts reduce their dropout numbers by more than 50 percent, officials say.

Juvenile Justice

Lawmakers debate dropping age for trying some accused as adults, North Carolina – June 9, 2013
When Johnathan Brunson was an impressionable 14-year-old, police nabbed him for stealing a watch and CD player from the local mall in Wilson. The petty theft changed his life.  North Carolina is one of only two states in the nation that treats those 16 and above as adults in the eyes of the courts. Teenagers as young as 13 can be tried as adults too, but only if a judge finds reason.

In Illinois, a Season of Restorative Justice, Illinois – June 5, 2013
It has been a good spring for juvenile justice in Illinois. In a year of great fiscal challenge, the General Assembly approved Gov. Pat Quinn’s proposal to double funding for Redeploy Illinois, a successful program helping teens get services in their communities instead of behind sent away to distant prisons. Legislators also passed a bill to customize Redeploy programs for Cook County neighborhoods and bring the diversion program to the state’s largest county for the first time.

Foster Care

Foster kids start new life after 'aging out' of program
The Eagle, Texas – June 7, 2013
LeBrone Foster, 18, has lived in at least five homes over the past five years.  But now that the teen has graduated and is officially transitioning to adulthood, he has "aged out" of foster care.  On Thursday, Voices for Children, a local nonprofit organization that advocates for neglected and abused children, held an "Emancipation Shower" to help ease 10 foster teens' move toward independence with gifts that will be useful in starting a home of their own.

New law offers support for young people who age out of foster care
Real Change, Washington – June 5, 2013
About 550 people age out of the state’s foster care system every year. Some of them, after being dropped from state services, end up homeless.  A new law passed by the Washington Legislature will help ensure that many young people who are too old for foster care will remain housed.

Coming of Age: Preparing Ohio's Older Foster Youth for Life
Public News Service, Columbus, OH – June 4, 2013
The years spent coming of age are a critical time in a youth's life, especially for those who must face this time without the support of a stable home environment. In Ohio, the "Connecting the Dots" initiative is helping teenagers and young adults who have been in foster care make a successful transition into adulthood.

Teen Pregnancy

WV youth participate in teen pregnancy prevention campaign
The State Journal, West Virginia – June 4, 2013
West Virginia historically has had a high teen birth rate. But last month, youth across the state and country took steps to increase awareness about the consequences of teen pregnancy.  As part of National Day to Prevent Teen Pregnancy's month-long campaign, The Leadership to Prevent Teen Pregnancy Taskforce of West Virginia organized a video contest for middle and high school students.

Black teen birth rate falls 60 percent in 10 years
The Cincinnati Herald, Washington, D.C. – June 1, 2013
A new report by the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention shows that the teen birth rate for African Americans has declined by 60 percent between 1991 and 2011 – a rate 10 percent greater than the overall dip in teen birth rates.

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