Monday, October 07, 2013

This Week's News: Youth in Transition


School District of Lancaster to take part in dropout prevention program
Lancaster Online, Lancaster, PA – October 1, 2013
Jack Blackman walks through the hallway looking for red flags.  As the coordinator of counseling and dropout prevention programs for the School District of Lancaster, he needs to be on the lookout for students at risk of dropping out of school.

NASD officials preventing dropouts with extended school day program
Natchez Democrat, Natchez, MS – October 6, 2013
The traditional school model wasn’t working anymore for Cortez Ford in March 2012 when he stopped attending Natchez High School.  The Natchez native grew up as an honor roll student in the Natchez-Adams School District but admitted he began veering off course in seventh grade.

R.B. school official stars in new reality TV show about dropouts
The Beach Reporter, Los Angeles, CA – October 5, 2013
Imagine walking into class on the first day of high school and learning that your teacher is 50 Cent. Or Oliver Stone. Or Suze Orman. Or David Arquette. Or Jesse Jackson.  That’s what really happened to a group of high school dropouts from around Los Angeles in “Dream School.”

Juvenile Justice

New Massachusetts law places 17-year-olds in juvenile courts
The Berkshire Eagle, Massachusetts – October 6, 2013
Nearly every day, 17-year-olds from around Massachusetts end up in District Court after being arrested for disorderly conduct, trespassing, theft, illegal possession of alcohol or other minor crimes. But as of Sept. 18, when Gov. Deval Patrick signed the so-called "Raise the Age" bill into law, 17-year-olds who commit crimes no longer go to adult court. Their cases will be heard in juvenile court.

Bies urges returning 17-year-olds to juvenile justice system
Door County Advocate, Wisconsin – October 5, 2013
A bipartisan group of legislators has introduced a bill that would return 17-year-olds to the juvenile justice system if they are first-time offenders charged with non-violent crimes.

Hall aims to help repeat offenders with juvenile justice reforms
Gainesville Times, Hall County, GA – September 29, 2013
As the first deadline rapidly approaches, Hall County is gearing up for sweeping juvenile justice reforms that take effect Jan. 1.  Hall County Juvenile Judge Cliff Jolliff wrote a grant proposal for a counseling program that, after getting funding in July, and months of preparation, will start taking referrals on Tuesday.

Foster Care

Class teaches cooking skills to foster teens
Jewish News, Arizona – October 2, 2013
Each month, teens and young adults who are in the foster care system – or aging out of it – are learning about healthy alternatives to fast food by attending cooking classes through the Jewish Family & Children’s Service Real World Job Development program.

Teen Pregnancy

First Steps to offer program on preventing teen pregnancy
The Hartsville Messenger, Hartsville, SC – October 4, 2013
Darlington County First Steps is initiating a community-based teen pregnancy prevention program to be taught to 11- to 13-year-old youth, male and female, in Darlington County as part of the South Carolina Campaign Prevent Teen Pregnancy program.

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