Monday, September 23, 2013

This Week's News: Youth in Transition


Magic Johnson launches movement to combat high school dropout rate
Chicago Sun-Times, Chicago, IL – September 18, 2013
Listening to 18-year-old Haman Cross speak, you’d never know he was a dropout.  “I enrolled at MJBA because I needed the bridge to cross the gap between traditional schooling and a diploma,” the North Lawndale teen told an audience held rapt, drawn to the West Side by the star power of Earvin “Magic” Johnson.

PUSD Campaign Focuses on High School Dropout Prevention
Altadena Patch, Pasadena, CA – September 17, 2013
Pasadena Unified School District students who haven't been to class yet for the 2013-14 school year will get a visit from city and district volunteers tomorrow in an effort to discourage dropping out.  The student-recovery effort is part of the district's "I'm In!" campaign to encourage school attendance, targeting students who have been "chronically absent" since August or have not been to class at all.

Windham High School Recognized for Being Dropout Free
Windham Patch, Windham, NH – September 21, 2013
Windham High School hasn't had a student drop out in the last two years.  Now, WHS has been recognized by the New Hampshire Department of Education for the rare and commendable achievement.

Juvenile Justice

New Mass. Law Puts 17-Year-Olds In Juvenile Court
WBUR 90.9, Boston, MA – September 18, 2013
Gov. Deval Patrick on Wednesday signed into law a bill placing 17-year-olds accused of crimes under the jurisdiction of the state’s juvenile courts.  Currently in Massachusetts, 17-year-olds are treated as adults, regardless of the circumstances or severity of the offense.

Georgia Funds At-Home Juvenile Treatment Program in Rural County
Juvenile Justice Information Exchange, Georgia – September 19, 2013
Georgia’s Criminal Justice Coordinating Council (CJCC) recently awarded the Rockdale County Juvenile Court $150,000 to fund a Functional Family Therapy (FFT) program, a form of evidence-based, at-home treatment for juvenile offenders.

Foster Care

New law aims to help kids aging out of foster care
WDDE 91.1, Delaware – September 18, 2013
Delaware is extending care for foster kids as they transition to adulthood. Governor Jack Markell (D-Delaware) signed a bill Wednesday that enhances existing independent living services for young adults up to age 21.

'Short Term 12' movingly explores plight of teens in foster care
Detroit Free Press – September 20, 2013
Don’t be put off by its forgettable title. “Short Term 12” is a deeply memorable film.  This modest, low-budget feature, which is set in a foster care facility, is well-written, terrifically acted and compelling. It deftly avoids sentimentality and offers a window into the lives of believable, multidimensional characters.

Teen Pregnancy

Federal grant for teen pregnancy resources focuses on Grant County
KXLY, Washington – September 18, 2013
Washington state has received a $6 million federal grant that will help connect expectant and parenting teens, women, fathers, and their families with health, education, and social services. The grant money will primarily be spent on programs in the state’s four-county region of Yakima, Franklin, Grant and Adams.

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