Monday, July 22, 2013

This Week's News: Youth in Transition


Liberation High School founder, principal April Leong helps would-be dropouts
New York Daily News, Brooklyn, NY – July 16, 2013
April Leong is living proof that a young, single mom growing up in Brownsville in Brooklyn, N.Y., doesn’t have to drop out of high school.  The founding principal of Liberation Diploma Plus High school, an alternative school in Coney Island, which enrolls overage and undercredited students at risk of dropping out, uses her own life story to motivate students — making her a candidate for a Hometown Heroes in Education award.

National Guard program gives Forest Grove, Hillsboro High dropouts a second shot at education
The Oregonian, Oregon – July 16, 2013
Through the Oregon Youth Challenge Program, funded by the United States Department of Defense and administered by the Oregon National Guard, high school dropouts were given a second chance at educational success. OYCP graduated 133 cadets on June 19 from the residential phase of the program, five of them from Cornelius and Forest Grove.

School board increases dropout age to 18
The Winchester Sun, Clark County, KY - July 19, 2013
The Clark County Board of Education voted to raise the compulsory dropout age from 16 to 18 at its regular meeting earlier this week.  The decision brings the district in line with more than 100 other districts in Kentucky. The school districts are voting to increase the dropout age as part of a statewide implementation of Senate Bill 97.

Juvenile Justice

New law classifies 17-year-old offenders as juveniles
The News-Gazette, Illinois – July 22, 2013
A bill signed by Gov. Pat Quinn earlier this month will keep 17-year-olds who commit serious crimes in the juvenile court system.

Youth Promise Act/Lelia Gowland/Juvenile Justice Project of Louisiana
ABC WGNO, Oklahoma – July 22, 2013
Anne Cutler talks to Lelia Gowland about the YPA bill introduced by Senator Mary Landrieu & U.S. Senator James Inhofe from Oklahoma designed to help prevent juvenile delinquency and criminal street gang activity through prison reduction, opportunities, mentoring, intervention, support and education.

Foster Care

Free Academy Helps Veterans, Former Foster Kids, Gary, SD – July 18, 2013
Returning veterans and teens "aging out" of the South Dakota foster system are among the largest homeless populations in the state.  But a group of private companies work together to help give them an education, a job and a place to call home in Gary, South Dakota.

Grant to keep YouthBuild going
The Tribune-Democrat, Johnstown, PA – July 16, 2013
YouthBuild Johnstown will continue to help young people rebuild their lives.  Goodwill Industries of the Conemaugh Valley Inc., which operates the program, received a three-year grant for $864,000 from the U.S. Labor Department to continue and expand its efforts.

Teen Pregnancy

California Teen Birth Rates Drop 60 Percent Thanks To Sex Education
Huffington Post – July 19, 2013
California’s teen birth rate has dropped nearly 60 percent as a result of expanded sex education programs, according to a report released by the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) on Wednesday.  The report –- which was based on data collected until 2011 -- revealed that the California teen birth rate reached a 20-year low that year. While in 1991, there were 70.9 births for every 1,000 teens aged 15-19, in 2011 this number decreased to 28 births per 1,000 teens.

Teens learn pregnancy prevention and other valuable lessons
NBC 40, New Jersey – July 16, 2013
With wide smiles on their faces, kids in Bridgeton may not look like they are receiving a lesson in teen pregnancy prevention.  But after a five million dollar federal grant and use of the Carrera Model, the Partnership for Healthy Teens Program through Inspira Health Network is takinga broad approach to a specific issue.

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