Monday, July 01, 2013

This Week's News: Youth in Transition


Schools for Dropouts: A Promising New Education Trend, Chicago, IL – June 28, 2013
In the past year, the Chicago school district has experienced severe budget cuts that led to school closures and, in turn, protests.  That’s not stopping the district, however, from creating new opportunities for hundreds of high school dropouts.

Camden high school dropouts make good on second chance
South Jersey Times, Camden, NJ – June 28, 2013
Nearly 50 city high school dropouts celebrated second chances Thursday, as they finally received their diplomas thanks to a program sparked two years ago to help Camden youths further their education.

Mass graduation celebrates young Black men
ABC 7, Chicago, IL – June 29, 2013
There was a special show of support and congratulations Saturday for young men in Chicago's African American community.  They are all high school graduates getting ready for college.

Juvenile Justice

Trial Run for Revised Juvenile Justice System
The New York Times, Travis County, TX – June 27, 2013
In Travis County, juvenile justice officials have decided that they can do a better job than the state in dealing with the most troubled local offenders, considering Texas’ history of scandal and violence in youth lockups.

Examiners to take broader look at W.Va. juvenile justice system
The Charleston Gazette, Charleston, WV – June 28, 2013
A commission studying West Virginia's juvenile justice system says it will broaden its focus to look at all out-of-home placements for troubled kids, not just detention centers.

Foster Care

Ebby House in Lakewood to help young women transition out of foster care
The Dallas Morning News, Dallas, TX – June 26, 2013 A Dallas nonprofit announced a new component of its services Wednesday: a home for young women transitioning out of foster care, to be named after real estate icon Ebby Halliday.

New bill will allow Florida children to stay in foster care until 21
WFTV, Orlando, FL – June 24, 2013
Gov. Rick Scott was in Orlando Monday to sign a bill that will help teenagers who age out of foster care.  The Independent Living Bill will allow state foster children to remain in the system until they're 21 years old.

Teen Pregnancy

Teen pregnancy rates see ‘monumental’ drop
Observer, Florida – June 27, 2013
Teen pregnancy rates are declining in Central Florida, and educators at Planned Parenthood of Greater Orlando said their programs are one reason for the decrease.  The downward trend is a nationwide one, and since 2006 teen birth rates in Osceola, Seminole and Brevard counties are down.

Lock-in to educate girls on pregnancy prevention
 My Journal Courier, Morgan County, FL – June 25, 2013
For the 20 teenage girls taking part in a unique overnight camp this weekend, the experience of parenthood will last just 12 hours.  Organizers hope the message it brings will last a lot longer.

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