Monday, September 09, 2013

This Week's News: Youth in Transition


Study Up For ‘Think’: Recovery For High School Dropouts
Kera News, Texas – September 4, 2013
Dropout prevention programs focus on keeping students in school, but what about the ones who have already left?  That’s where dropout recovery programs come in.

Among recent high school grads, Hispanic college enrollment rate surpasses that of whites
Pew Research Center – September 4, 2013
A new U.S. Census Bureau report shows that after several years of gains, college enrollments in the U.S. fell between 2011 and 2012. But for one group—Hispanics—college enrollments were up, reflecting Hispanic population growth along with a growing share of young Latinos prepared for college. The new Census Bureau data also shows Hispanic students reached other milestones in 2012, continuing recent upward trends in educational attainment and college attendance.

Vicki Phillips' Plan To Keep High School Students From Dropping Out
Forbes, September 3, 2013
Vicki Phillips was born on a small farm in rural Kentucky. She was the first in her family to go to college and, today, she’s working to ensure thousands of other students have that same opportunity.  As Director of Education (College Ready) for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Vicki helps U.S. high school students graduate ready to succeed.

Juvenile Justice

Proposal would return 17-year-olds to juvenile justice system
Star Tribune, Madison, WI – September 5, 2013
Non-violent 17-year-old offenders in Wisconsin would no longer be treated as adults in the justice system under a bipartisan proposal introduced Thursday in the Legislature.

Courts Split Over Ruling on Juvenile Life Sentences
The Wall Street Journal – September 4, 2013
Jeffrey Ragland, sentenced to life without parole in 1986 for his involvement in the killing of a fellow teen with a tire-iron blow to the head, could soon be a free man.  That outcome is the result of a ruling by the Iowa Supreme Court last month that found the sentence handed down to Mr. Ragland, now 44 years old, unconstitutional.

Juveniles are now being locked up less
The Kansas City Star – September 7, 2013
Juvenile justice authorities across the country are learning a lesson that took hold in Jackson County years ago. Most troubled kids don’t get better the more time they spend locked up. They usually get worse. And that’s why authorities are locking up fewer kids.

Foster Care

DCF Talks Logistics Of Expanding Foster Care
WFSU, Florida– September 3, 2013
Department of Children and Families officials Tuesday held the first of what may become a series of rule-making workshops concerning a new law that allows young adults to stay in foster homes until they’re 21. But, many officials had the same question –what happens to kids who CAN’T stay in those homes?

At-risk youth providers rally at first-ever fest
Star Tribune – September 3, 2013
Youth intervention workers say their work is as critical as early childhood services and their programs should receive the same respect from lawmakers.  The success stories of early childhood education are often touted, and lawmakers are loath to trim its budget. Paul Meunier, director of services for the nonprofit Youth Intervention Programs Association (YIPA), is out to change that.

Teen Pregnancy

Teen pregnancy program awarded federal grant, Columbia, SC – September 5, 2013
The Children’s Trust of South Carolina has been awarded a multi-million-dollar grant to develop programs and services for pregnant and parenting teens in South Carolina.

Teen births hit historic low, half of 1991
USA Today – September 6, 2013
Teen births have continued to drop, reaching a historic low in 2012 and hitting half of what they were in 1991, says a government report out Friday.

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