Monday, June 17, 2013

This Week's News: Youth in Transition


Be Lab helps high school dropout focus on passion for learning
Reporter-Herald, Loveland, CO – June 10, 2013
Fifteen-year-old Sierra Goldstein dropped out of high school two years ago and joined the Be Lab because school, she believes, held her back.  "I felt I could so much more," Sierra said.  The unschooler wanted to do school in a way that would fast-track her learning and propel her career forward.

C-M to participate in pilot program to reduce dropout rate
Observer-Reporter, Pennsylvania – June 11, 2013
Canon-McMillan School District is one of five in Pennsylvania chosen to participate in First Lady Susan Corbett’s program to increase high school graduation rates across the state.

Juvenile Justice

New York Brings Juvenile Justice ‘Close to Home’
Corrections, New York, NY – June 13, 2013
New York’s juvenile justice system is slowly being overhauled by Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s Close To Home initiative, a set of proposals designed to keep youth close to their communities and facilitate their return to society.

Juvenile justice system overhaul now law
The Banner-Press, Lincoln, NE – June 10, 2013
Reform of the state's juvenile justice system was passed by the Legislature and signed by the governor May 29.  LB561, introduced by Sen. Brad Ashford of Omaha, transfers responsibility for the state's roughly 3,000 juvenile offenders from the Department of Health and Human Services to the Office of Probation Administration.

Foster Care

Nixon Signs Bills Allowing Older Youth to Re-Enter Foster Care
Ozarks First, Columbia, MO – June 13, 2013
Gov. Jay Nixon signed two bills into law Thursday aimed at helping strengthen the state's foster care system.  Senate Bills 205 and 208, the Governor says, allow older youth who have exited foster care to return to foster care if reentry would be in the young person's best interests.

Foster care kids need help as they age out of system
News-Press, Florida – June 11, 2013
Setting up a new apartment and living independently is challenging for a new graduate with a new job, but if you’re one of the roughly 113 children a month aging out of the foster care system in Southwest Florida the challenge can be even more daunting.  The Children’s Network of Southwest Florida provides independent living training each month for 100 to 125 people turning 18 and preparing to leave the foster care system, according to Aimee McLaughlin.

Teen Pregnancy

School health centers seen as way to reduce teen pregnancy
Gazette-Mail, Charleston, WV – June 16, 2013
West Virginia can lower its teenage pregnancy rate by adding more school-based health centers, getting parents more involved, teaching comprehensive sex education in schools and by reducing its poverty rate, the head of a reproductive rights group said Friday.

Conference Held to Prevent Teen Pregnancy
WLTX, Columbia, SC – June 13, 2013
The South Carolina Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy is holding their annual conference  this week in Columbia.  The two day conference is designed for  teen pregnancy prevention professionals, and others who work with young people.

New Mississippi law address teen pregnancy
Clarion Ledger, Mississippi – June 11, 2013
Starting in July, healthcare providers will be required to comply with a new Mississippi law targeting teenage pregnancy prevention.  In an effort to address Mississippi’s high teenage pregnancy rates, lawmakers have passed House Bill 151 which mandates that umbilical cord blood be collected from some mothers under the age of 16.

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