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Good things are happening in the state of South Carolina when it comes to juvenile detention numbers. They’re going down. A fact that makes the Department of Juvenile Justice very happy.

“It is great to see this change. Its great for the kids, great for the community,” said Margaret Barber of the Department of Juvenile Justice.

She says, the 42% drop in incarcerated teens is largely due to the hundreds of volunteers across the state that help out on a regular basis.

“Volunteers are vital,” Barber said. “They see these kids realize for the first time that someone cares about them and is making it easier for those kids to go back to their homes.”

There are 22 state wide programs that offer help from after school programs, mentoring, and spiritual guidance.

Barber says they help all types of adolescence, those who haven’t caused trouble, those who are, and those who have had issues with the community in the past. The programs focus on keeping kids out of trouble and involving them in a work force to give back to the communities they may have damaged.

Barber explains, “If you spray painted graffiti on a wall, why not go and give back to that damaged community by painting over the wall.”

The work programs include going to nursing homes, cleaning parks and planting trees. She says that giving these children and teens a sense of purpose and community helps keep them stay on the right track.

And the state is definitely onto something with these programs. Barber says that officials as for as Texas have come to check out South Carolina’s methods on lowering juvenile numbers in correction facilities.

“We think its an excellent program, and its really starting to pay off,” said Barber.

There are many ways to get involved to help young people in the state. For a complete list of opportunities, visit the Department of Juvenile Justice’s web site. 

Article source: http://www.wbtw.com/story/21861361/djj-after-school-programs

School Budget Cuts: How Students Say Slashes Are Affecting Them

As school districts are facing massive budget cuts across the country, school programs, teachers and students are taking the hit.

Across the country, 120 school districts had, as of October, moved to four-day school weeks while others are canceling field trips, shuttering after-school programs and charging students to play sports.

The cuts are seen in Keller, Texas, where the district opted for a pay-for-ride transportation system versus cutting busing as a whole; In Georgia, where 20 days were slashed from the pre-kindergarten academic year; In California, where nearly half the districts axed or whittled away at art, drama and music programs.

But these are all reports from school officials — from the top down. To get a sense of how these cuts are really changing things, Teen newspaper L.A. Youth went straight to the source — students. They asked readers about budget cuts at their schools, and received more than 1,850 teen responses.

943b6 SCHOOL SURVEY School Budget Cuts: How Students Say Slashes Are Affecting Them

The survey asked students a series of 15 questions. Findings showed that nearly 60 percent of all students had to hand-copy information from an overhead because the school couldn’t afford paper to make copies. Half of all students also reported that their school didn’t have enough computers or functional computers, nor were their enough textbooks for each student.

School infrastructure showed to suffer the most in areas like restrooms, graffiti-covered walls, internal heating and cooling and classrooms and desks. Students also reported having to personally pay for sports uniforms more than other school items.

Most telling is the discrepancy between what students think schools should cut versus what school officials have on their to-ax lists. The top three items students said schools should cut are school newspaper or broadcast outlets, summer school and field trips — in that order. The last items on students’ “should-cut” lists, starting from the bottom, are teachers, administrators, “other,” guidance counselors and sports — all items that schools have shown to most commonly choose to cut first.

943b6 SCHOOL SURVEY School Budget Cuts: How Students Say Slashes Are Affecting Them

And of the respondents, 97 percent said they are planning to attend college, and 64 percent plan to apply to an in-state four-year public institution. Although just 13 percent said budget cuts affected their ability to get the classes they need to graduate, cuts to just programs and teachers — leading to fewer opportunities and larger class sizes — have shown to affect students’ college readiness.

According to a report released last October by the Campaign for America’s Future, evidence suggests that cuts to education funding are leading to cutbacks from early childhood education programs, increases in class sizes and termination of art, music, physical education and other elective subjects. Special programs are also being cut as a result — including those that assist students with special needs as well as Advanced Placement courses, extracurricular activities and special academic programs for science, foreign language and technology.

943b6 SCHOOL SURVEY School Budget Cuts: How Students Say Slashes Are Affecting Them

Mifflin County, Pa. is no exception to the phenomenon, according to PBS NewsHour. Facing a 12 percent drop in state funding and declining enrollment, the school district has closed 40 percent of its schools, dismissed 11 percent of its staff, increased class sizes and decreased the number of courses offered.

The $4 billion in cuts to Texas public schools last summer led to a huge hit to unemployment as hundreds of educators were laid off. An estimated $5 billion cut from California’s education budget would start with a hit to school busing programs.

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Article source: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/02/14/la-youth_n_1277182.html

Griot after school program wants to harness creativity

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Griot after school program wants to harness creativity

Students participating in the Griot after school program stand
in front of a mural they created. The program is focused on
bringing out the creativity in its students.

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Cali Noland

Posted: Thursday, December 8, 2011 9:07 am

Griot after school program wants to harness creativity

The Press Register

Clarksdale Press Register


Graffiti drawings covered the back wall of the room. To the
right there was a colorful display of art work made by

It was a rather vivid sight for someone expecting to see something
less visual from an afterschool program. But it wasn’t just any
regular afterschool program for youth in grades six through nine –
the program’s foundation is in art and music, much like its name,

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