Monday, August 12, 2013

This Week's News: Youth in Transition


Montgomery schools look for dropout indicators early on
The Washington Post, Montgomery County, MD – August 11, 2013
Students could show signs of becoming high school dropouts as early as first grade, according to a Montgomery County schools study that officials hope will provide a road map for shrinking dropout rates and improving academic achievement.

Dropout age raised by legislator who dropped out
StarTribune, Minnesota – August 10, 2013
If state Sen. Chuck Wiger needs fuel for his crusade to keep teen¬agers in school, he can summon distant memories of the glamour of the Big Top.  His experiences gave him a soft spot for the “nontraditional” student’s path. It is the unspoken back story behind his single-minded focus on raising the state’s compulsory attendance age to halt Minnesota’s drift toward graduation-rate mediocrity.

Local, state high school graduation rates on the rise
Port City Daily, North Carolina – August 9, 2013
High school graduation rates are on the rise across the Cape Fear region and the state, according to recent data from the N.C. Department of Public Instruction.

Juvenile Justice

Summit Rallies Young People to Become Juvenile Justice Advocates
Youth Today, Washington, D.C. – August 5, 2013
As a teen, Miguel Rodriguez used graffiti to express himself and “to prove to the world that he existed,” the now 20-year-old told Youth Today. But, at age 13 his interest in graffiti turned into a vandalism arrest, where he spent several weeks in detention and 18 months on probation.  Since then, Rodriguez has used graffiti to engage his peers on social justice issues, as program director for the Graffiti Zone, a Chicago-based after-school program and as a member of the youth advisory board of the Illinois Juvenile Justice Commission.

Department of Justice seeks reform of youth arrest practices
Palm Coast Observer, Florida – August 9, 2013
Florida’s rate of youth incarceration is among the highest in the country, something the state’s Department of Justice is trying to change.  “We have spent more time and resources on children that we didn't really need to do that with, and with the unintended consequences of driving them deeper into the system,” Walters said.

Foster Care

Volunteer program aims to point foster care alumni toward success
The Kansas City Star, Kansas – August 6, 2013
Once you know Darryl Hinojos’ background, it’s hard to imagine that today he is studying at North Carolina Central University and playing football for the NCAA Division I school.  It’s not that — at 6 feet 5 inches tall and 255 pounds — the Kansas man isn’t qualified to play tight end. It’s just that after he got into his teen years, he wasn’t on a path toward college, mainly because he was dealing with anger issues, home displacement and a few scuffles with the law.  But the former foster child, now 21, found a guardian angel in Raeann Rose, a social worker in the state foster care program who offered the support and advice that has helped carry him to North Carolina.

SD man turns business resort into training academy
San Francisco Chronicle, Sioux Falls, SD – August 11, 2013
A South Dakota wind power entrepreneur has transformed a resort for business retreats into a training academy for former foster children.

Facing a New Life After Aging Out of the Foster Care System
WESA 90.5, Pittsburgh, PA – August 6, 2013
Several years before he was a Youth Quality Improvement Specialist at the University of Pittsburgh, Christopher Nobles faced the same challenges experienced by roughly 1000 Pennsylvania youth each year: the prospect of aging out of the state’s foster care system and facing a new life.

Teen Pregnancy

Miss. law requires cord blood from some teen moms
Pittsburgh Courier, Jackson, MS – August 5, 2013
If a girl younger than 16 gives birth and won't name the father, a new Mississippi law — likely the first of its kind in the country — says authorities must collect umbilical cord blood and run DNA tests to prove paternity as a step toward prosecuting statutory rape cases.

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