Wayne County's Delinquency Wraparound
A Guide for Parents - Assistance for families with
children that are wards of the state and emotionally challenged,
exhibiting delinquent behavior or those in danger of out-of-home
Schools Aim to Address Violence by Teen Beaus -
Responding to a startling survey showing 13 percent of teen
girls have been hit by boyfriends, nine high schools nationwide
- including two locally - are embracing an anti-violence
curriculum aimed at stopping violence before it starts.
STUDENTS TEACHING STUDENTS:
The Many Names of
Abuse - Personal stories used to try to slow rise in
New Study of Youth Shows It's Boys Who Are in Crisis
- The percentage of boys graduating from high school
has now dropped back below 1985 levels. Girls get better grades
than boys and are much more likely than boys to graduate high
school, enter college, and graduate from college. Although more
girls than boys enroll in high level math and science classes,
boys did score a couple of points better on the most recent
national math test considered by the study. However, girls’
advantage on the most recent reading test is five times as
large. The vast majority of learning-disabled students are boys,
and boys are four times as likely to receive a diagnosis of
attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder as girls. Boys are far
more likely than girls to be disciplined, suspended, held back,
or expelled. Recess time, which research shows is more critical
for boys than for girls, has been cut back nationally.
Vocational education, also of greater importance to boys than to
girls, suffered a sharp decline from 1982 to 1992 and has never
Allegheny County Program a Boon to Troubled Youths, Their
Families - When three of the five grandchildren she is
raising began to have behavioral problems, Erma Johnson did not
have to look far for help. Community Connections for Families, a
local program that aids children with serious emotional
disturbances and their families, has an office at the Hill
District public housing complex where she lives. A federal
review of Community Connections late last year noted that it
stands out among similar programs around the nation.
Puts Kids at Risk, Oakland Says -
County officials: Department of Human Services investigators
have left children in abusive homes.
All in Their Heads? - NIH
study: Part of brain that inhibits risky behavior isn’t fully
formed until age 25.
At-risk Kids Get Education Boost - Commerce Twp. middle-schoolers who
struggle get help in alternative program. When Kandiss Keller tried to
understand her homework last year, she would often get frustrated and give
up. This school year, she has the help of Skills for Success, an alternative
middle school program that meets twice a day, at the beginning and end of
the school day.
Detroit Program Puts 'Extra Moms' With Kids in Need
- Once a week, Becky Duggan and Kaymaya Colley get
together and hang out. Sometimes, they do something exciting,
but mostly they just hang out. "She's somebody I can talk to,
like an extra mom," said Kaymaya, 11. This was exactly the plan
VIP Mentoring had in mind when it matched up the Detroit girl
and the St. Clair Shores woman.
Fund Cuts Imperil Youths - Through treatment and counseling at a Growth Works program Chris Allen has been sober for more
than year and enrolled at Schoolcraft College, with dreams of becoming a drug counselor. Now he's worried others may not have that same opportunity. As part
of a 15 percent cut in the juvenile justice system budget, Growth Works today faces funding losses from Wayne County that have leaders scrambling to figure
out how they will offer high-level service to adjudicated youth from 17 western Wayne communities with limited resources.
Children in Crisis: Mental Health - In this three-part
series, the Detroit Free Press examines how children with
bipolar disorder, anxiety, schizophrenia, depression and other
mental illnesses succeed or fail in getting mental health
services. Through the eyes of children who are in treatment,
locked up, or on the brink, we explore what it takes to get
services, what's available and the impact on families when a
child needs mental health care.
'Lost Boys' Celebrate Success -
Their stories are still hard to fathom: the trek across
hostile terrain, the young boys who died en route, the refugee
years spent without parents. But many of the "Lost Boys" of
Sudan who have resettled in the Salt Lake area are finding their
way now — and are attending college in record numbers. "It's
amazing to me, given the life they've had and the childhood they
had, how strong they are," says Kristy Swapp, Gai's girlfriend.
"I know no way to explain it based on American culture." She
credits their religious faith — "They'll say, 'I may have been
lost from my family, but not lost from God' " — and their sense
of being part of an extended network of cousins and ancestors.
"By the time they're 3, they've heard their family history back
Sex and the TV-watching Teen - One thing you
won't find on your TV is a commercial for cigarettes, and it's one of the few
'broadcasting' issues on which the federal government and Hollywood have common
Stresses Juvenile Justice System - He
was a whiz at origami, the Japanese art of folding paper into various
shapes and objects. Leave him alone in a room with a ream of thin
copier bond and he would emerge with the most sturdy three-dimensional
container, a child-welfare advocate marveled. "It could hold water,"
said Brian Philson, director of the Jackson County Youth Center.
Despite the boy's uncanny knack to craft something out of nothing, the
13-year-old was hard pressed to build a place to sort out his apparent
A GED, Your Ticket To Freedom
- Gov. Jennifer Granholm signed into law a bill today that would allow
a judge to require someone to get their high school diploma or their general
education development (GED) certificate before they are allowed to get off
15 Million Youth Need After School Programs -
The most in-depth study ever to explore how America's children spend their
afternoons finds that 14.3 million kindergarten through 12th graders take care
of themselves after the school day ends, including almost four million middle
school students in grades six to eight. "America After 3 PM: A Household Survey
on Afterschool in America" finds that the need is especially high for middle
school children. Just six percent of middle schoolers are in afterschool
programs; another 34 percent of America's middle schoolers are unsupervised in
School to Become Female Facility - The Adrian Training
School, which for decades has housed delinquent youth, will be
converted into a juvenile justice facility for girls. Family
Independence Agency Director Marianne Udow said the conversion
will best meet the needs of single-gender juvenile justice
programming for girls in the system.
Highland Park Schools Seeing Some Rewards - In
a single year, Highland Park Community High School has been transformed. This
month, 130 graduates in a class of 139 crossed the stage at the Masonic Temple,
a milestone for the struggling district, which saw only 86 students earn
diplomas in 2003. At the heart of the changes is Theresa Saunders, the
district's superintendent hired in August 2003. Among the keys to success at
schools Saunders said, is to give freedom to principals to study their own
problems and suggest their own solutions.
Thousands Stranded in Foster Care -
Broken system leaves Michigan kids vulnerable. State
foster care systems across the nation, including in Michigan,
are crippled by inadequate funding, poorly trained case workers
and a lack of good foster homes. The fallout includes children
stranded in foster care for years and, in some cases, at risk of
further abuse and neglect in foster homes that receive little
state oversight, the report found.
Program, Teacher Give Students Second Chance
- Curtis Rogers needed a second chance, which is why
it was fortunate he ended up in Eric Lampkin's Jacksonville
classroom. Enrolled in a program known as the "graduate
initiative," the 18-year-old spent the past year with Lampkin,
studying to take the General Educational Development and FCAT
Expert Testimony, Bad Evidence? - You may have heard of
Munchausen Syndrome by Proxy. It's the kind of child abuse in
which a parent tries to get attention for herself or himself by
making his or her own baby sick - often by smothering the
Supporting At-Risk Students (PDF) - Lowell Middlesex
Academy was founded in 1989 as a dropout prevention program.
Over the years LMACS has developed a number of specific
practices that consistently help them to support at-risk
students and help them gain the social, emotional, and academic
skills they need to succeed in school and in life. These
practices are outlined in a new book called Supporting At-Risk
Students that is part of the Project For School Innovation (PSI)
"By Teachers For Teachers" series of books.
Prom-bound? There's an Exam -
To head off underage drinking, the West Chester district will
require alcohol screening before students can enter.
Stung by students being drunk at school dances, the West
Chester Area School District announced yesterday that it would
require junior- and senior-prom-goers to be screened by
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From the Prison Track to the College Track
- In the new report, "From the Prison Track to the
College Track," Jobs For the Future (JFF) identifies four types
of new school programs that effectively move low-income,
out-of-school youth, ages 16-24, toward completing high school
and postsecondary education and training, and gaining access to
real employment opportunities. The programs make school success
possible for young people whom the traditional system has
Cypress Bay High Students Wear Belly Suits to Simulate
Realities of Pregnancy - It
took only a few seconds to turn 15-year-old Ben Stratton from
a lanky, wisecracking freshman at Cypress Bay High into a
complaining, winded 9-months-pregnant mother.
Strategies to Close Learning Gap -
A high school counselor once told Robert Smith he would
have to work much harder than his white peers to achieve the
same things throughout his life. Smith, who is African
American, took those words with him from a low-income,
one-parent home in Dallas, Texas, to college at the University
of Iowa. He carried the same message to the State Board of
Education on Friday.
Helping Children With
Emotional Problems Succeed - According to Martin Henley
and Nicholas Long, teachers and caregivers should first be aware
of and sensitive to warning signs of developing emotional
problems. Second, they should use the following strategies to
help students overcome their emotional barriers to learning.
School-Based Suicide Prevention Programs Show Success
- A high school program that teaches teens about the
link between suicide and depression cut suicide attempts by 40
percent at five U.S. schools, according to a recent study. The
classroom materials focus on teaching kids that suicide is
directly related to treatable mental illnesses, getting them to
recognize and respond to depression and suicidal behavior in
themselves and in their friend, and that it's not a "betrayal of
trust" to tell someone when they think a friend is suicidal.
Dropouts To Sign on Dotted Line in Chicago - The Chicago
school system has a new requirement for would-be dropouts and
their parents -- they must sign a consent form warning of the
possible pitfalls of quitting school, including jail and
unemployment. The letter, adopted this week, is a change from an
often-criticized policy that allowed students to merely
telephone their schools with the news they weren't coming back.
Teacher Feature: A
Remarkable Program For At-Risk, Middle Level Students
- There are textbooks, workbooks, manuals, manipulative
devices, and gadgets of all sorts designed to remediate
communication disorders. While the publishers claim many of
these to be appropriate for junior high school, the fact is that
there is a complete and utter void of remedial material
appropriate for junior high school or secondary school. However,
from my perspective, I am not so much concerned with the absence
of remedial material as I am with the absence of a satisfactory
rationale under which remedial techniques may be applied.
Senate Panel Gives Youths An Out
From Sex Offender Public Registry - A
Senate committee on Tuesday toughened some aspects of legislation giving a break
to young persons convicted of age-based sex crimes as proponents said they were
trying to strike a new balance in the operation of Michigan's sex offender
Ninth Grade Key
to Success, but Reasons Are Debated -
With the rising use of standardized exams to measure
school performance, ninth grade is becoming a watershed moment
at many schools across the country. Increasingly, educators say,
students at risk of failing pivotal tests commonly given in the
10th and 11th grades are being held back, sometimes more than
once. Frequently, such students become so discouraged that they
Michigan After School Initiative 2003 Report
- The Michigan After School Initiative 2003 Report
that was required by Michigan House
Resolution 26 is now available -
click here (PDF).
North Carolina Creates More Dropouts -
North Carolina's nationally praised push to raise
standards in public schools has a dangerous downside that state
leaders have widely ignored: a dramatic rise in dropouts. After
holding steady for years, the percentage of students quitting
N.C. high schools in 1999 surged to the highest rate in at least
a decade, and remained high a year later. [Source]
Took Help Straight to the Kids Where They Lived
- What did Tom Lovitt, a University of
Washington education professor, and an elementary school
principal do when they discovered that more than 100 kids from
one low-income apartment complex were struggling in school?
Plan Aims to
Dissuade Dropouts - Proposed reform won't let
16-year-olds quit school. Raising the minimum age at which
students can leave high school without a diploma could improve
Indiana's overall graduation rate and reduce the number of
dropouts statewide, according to a new proposal.
Birth Persist in Urban Areas - Despite improvement since
1990 in Michigan’s largest cities on some measures of a healthy
and promising start to life, urban babies in 2001 continued to
start life at a greater disadvantage than those born elsewhere
in the state, according to the latest analysis released by Kids
Count in Michigan.
Read 2003 Kid's
Count Data for Michigan's Largest Cities (PDF, 10 pages,
Judge Urges Schools to Use Truancy Court
- All Ingham districts eligible for program to keep
kids in class. The Ingham County
truancy court is working, but many districts are missing out on
a good way to keep kids in school.
States Failing New
Test of Child Welfare System -
Not a single state has passed a rigorous test of its ability to
protect children from child abuse and to find permanent homes
for children who often languish in foster care.
Increase in Teen Prostitution - Trends Show Kids Getting
Younger, More from Middle-Class Homes Over the last year, local
and federal law-enforcement officials say they have noted a
marked increase in teen prostitution in cities across the
country, reports Assistant Editor Suzanne Smalley in the August
18 issue of Newsweek.
Boredom Cited as Reason for Thoughts of Dropping Out -
The top reason that Philadelphia students consider dropping out
of school is boredom. At least that's the result of a survey
conducted by students themselves in a summer program at Temple
Child Delinquency: Early
Intervention and Prevention - Read the summary of
findings from OJJDP identifying risk and protective factors that
are crucial to developing early intervention and protection
programs for very young offenders -
Police to offer drug test kits to
parents - Lansing police will provide mid-Michigan
parents with drug tests they can give to their children.
Turns Fatal -
tough law on prone restraint that's banned in three states.
Achievers - Four years ago, Carter-Riverside High School
senior Rogelio Morales would have laughed off his chances of
becoming a college-bound student with a perfect grade-point
Action" Curriculum Teaches Teens The Consequences of Teen Alcohol
Use - Learn more about Class Action,
new, high school component of
Project Northland, a model alcohol
prevention program. This highly interactive curriculum has students
teams to prepare and present six hypothetical civil cases in which
been harmed as a result of underage drinking. Students gain a real
social and legal consequences of teen alcohol use. Contact Ann
Standing, 1-800-328-9000, ext. 4030,
Mott Foundation Continues
Support for Afterschool Programming -
The Charles Stewart Mott Foundation in Flint, Michigan, has awarded
a four-year, $3.6 million grant to the University of Wisconsin-Madison
to study the impacts and best practices of afterschool programs,
particularly those that focus on underserved populations.
Raise state's drop
out age to halt exodus of students -
Why does Michigan have a law on the books dating back decades that
makes it "legal" for children to drop out of school at the age of 16?
Girls 'get hooked' on drugs 'faster'; Females fighting stress,
depression - Girls and young women are
more easily addicted to drugs and alcohol have different reasons than
boys for abusing substances and may need single-sex treatment programs
to beat back addictions, according to an American study just released.
Read the article from Education News
Drug Testing: Results from a study of high school drug-testing
provide evidence that random testing of student athletes can
significantly reduce drug use.
Study Shows Preschool Programs That Involve Parents Can Prevent
Child Abuse - In one of Chicago's poorest neighborhoods, a
little girl with pigtails and a denim jumper stands in front of
a table and fingers the shape of wooden letters as she fits them
into a puzzle. In the next room, her mother talks to a teacher
about taking the GED and how she can help her daughter with
Kids learn to thrive
Program gives students the
structure and skills they need to succeed.
Equity and Opportunity:
Addressing the Needs of
Mentor program makes impact on at-risk Ohio kids
When it comes to special ed and
African-American kids, it's time for... Truth in Labeling.