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Child Welfare

Inland Valley reporter Andrew Edwards reports on two California nonprofits working to connect youth aging out of foster care with employment skills and opportunities. Step one: an employment conference and job fair scheduled for this weekend.

Education/Jobs

Goodwill in Oklahoma City is getting slammed by local developers for trying to put a donation center downtown near the National Memorial and Museum, reports Jesse Wells of KFOR-TV in Oklahoma City.

Boston Mayor Thomas Menino kept up the pressure on the business community to hire teens in the city this summer, reports Thomas Grillo of the Boston Herald.

Officials in Frankfort, Ky., are anxious about a jump in the number of students dropping out of two city high schools, reports Katheran Wasson of the State Journal. Twelve students dropped out of the two schools in 2009-10; only three dropped out the previous school year.

Juvenile Justice

Paula Wissell of Washington’s KPLU.org profiles Juvenile Justice 101, a 15-minute orientation session for parents who arrive (often confused and upset) at the King County Juvenile Court.

Kelli Steele of Delaware’s WGMD.com reports on a state bill to allow family court judges to determine sex offender status for young teens and adolescents, which has cleared a key committee in the state legislature.

Donna St. George reports for The Washington Post on school districts that are reconsidering zero-tolerance policies after years of high suspension rates and community pressure.

Sarah Varney of NPR reports on Los Angeles’ efforts to connect mentally ill offenders with more than a stay in juvenile hall. Budget cuts in the state could threaten the county’s ability to do that.

Miscellaneous

Indiana University will receive $100,000 from the Corporation for National and Community Service to study factors that impact volunteering in America, as well as what influences whether or not people volunteer.