Monday, June 24, 2013

This Week's News: Youth in Transition


Large increase in NYC Latino high school grads, but numbers still lag for English language learners
NBC Latino, New York, NY – June 18, 2013
More Latino students are graduating from high school in New York City than ever before, but the number of English Language Learner graduates in the city continues to lag, with a near 5-point drop in graduation rates this year alone.

City Boasts Strong Graduation Rate Among 5 Largest Districts Statewide
CBS, New York, NY – June 17, 2013
The high school drop-out rate in New York City has hit an all-time low and the graduation rate remained steady, Mayor Michael Bloomberg and schools chancellor Dennis Walcott announced Monday.

Mesa schools work to bring back dropouts; state graduation rate below U.S. average
East Valley Tribune, Mesa, AZ – June 19, 2013
Mesa Unified School District, the largest in the state, tops the national average in graduation rates, according to a report issued in early June.

Juvenile Justice

Washington one of nation's 'comeback states' on juvenile justice, Washington – June 18, 2013
Washington’s juvenile detention population dropped 40% between 2001 and 2010, according to a new report released Tuesday by the National Juvenile Justice Network.  The analysis puts Washington among nine “comeback states” on the issue of juvenile justice.

Fewer Wisconsin juveniles being locked up, study shows
Green Bay Press Gazette, Wisconsin – June 23, 2013
A national study cites Wisconsin as one of just nine states that have drastically cut the incarceration rate for youth offenders, a trend the study claims helps reduce crime.

Foster Care

Texas foster kids find transitional support, housing before ‘aging out’ of system
The Dallas Morning News, Texas – June 19, 2013
In some ways, Charles Pruitt has been an adult for much of his childhood.  The teenager cared for his three youngest sisters when their parents neglected them and they missed two years of school. In his Waxahachie foster home, his graceful acceptance of chores and rules makes him a leader among the eight other teens.  Now 19, Pruitt officially became an adult about a year ago. Every year, there are 1,500 just like him in Texas who “age out” of foster care.

Project Aims to Help Teens Transition Out of Foster Care
CBS KUTV, Utah – June 19, 2013
Volunteers are working on a project aimed at helping teens trying to transition out of foster care.  Every year hundreds of Utah teens "age out" of the foster system and try to start a new life. Christmas Box International worked with dozens of volunteers to prepare Life Start Kits. They are 30 gallon plastic bins filled with essential items such as dishes, pots and pans, bedding and other items needed to help get young adults on their feet.

Lubbock Transition Center students shop for life after foster care
Lubbock Avalanche-Journal, Lubbock, TX – June 21, 2013
In Lubbock’s pioneer days a 15-year-old was often able to independently live outside the family.  In the 21st century, except for minimum-wage jobs, even an 18-year-old still is in urgent need of support from somewhere.

Teen Pregnancy

Study shows slight decrease in teen pregnancy
Charleston Daily Herald, West Virginia – June 21, 2013
West Virginia is seeing slight decreases in teenage pregnancy, according to a recent report released by a pro-choice nonprofit group.  Margaret Chapman Pomponio, executive director of WV FREE, a reproductive rights organization, said since the group began reporting on teenage pregnancy and childbearing in 2010, there has been a small decrease.

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