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Data from 2009 Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System Released

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC), Division of Adolescent and School Health (DASH) has released the 2009 Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance Mortality and Morbidity Weekly Report (MMWR) Surveillance Summary and the 2009 National Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS) data. Both are available at

Engineering students mentor at middle school with STARBASE

This spring, through the STARBASE Nebraska program, six students at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL) College of Engineering have dedicated an hour each week to go back to sixth grade and help the next generation of engineers.

Improving education for youth living in poverty

As part of its “Back to School” day on August 5, 2011, the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) introduced its “Coordinating Housing with Education”Initiative. The initiative is part of HUD’s effort to bridge the gap between poverty and education, by increasing the number of HUD-assisted households with school-aged children who have access to schools scoring at or above the local average. Providing low-income parents and guardians with access to information regarding local schools and their performance ratings is a key ingredient to this effort.

Federal Government Releases Annual Statistical Report on the Well-Being of the Children and Youth

The adolescent birth rate declined for the second consecutive year, adolescent injury deaths declined, and fewer 12th graders binge drank, according to the federal government's annual statistical report on the well-being of the nation's children and youth.

However, a higher proportion of 8th graders used illicit drugs, more children were likely to live in poverty, and fewer children were likely to live with at least one parent working year round, full time, according to the report, America's Children: Key National Indicators of Well-Being 2011.

Keeping youth in school and out of the justice system

Secretary of Education Arne Duncan and Attorney General Eric Holder today announced the launch of the Supportive School Discipline Initiative, a collaborative project between the Departments of Justice and Education that will address the “school-to-prison pipeline” and the disciplinary policies and practices that can push students out of school and into the justice system. The initiative aims to support good discipline practices to foster safe and productive learning environments in every classroom.

GEAR UP Program Succeeds In Helping Latinos Enter College

In the fall of 1999, Art Castanon and Ana Coria were part of the seventh grade class at Sycamore High School in Anaheim that began GEAR UP—Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Program. Funded by a U.S. Department of Education federal grant, GEAR UP is a six-year curriculum aimed at middle schools in low-income communities to help raise expectations and ensure successful college entry.

Girls Mentoring and Education Service

He told her he loved her. He told her he’d give her a job at his recording studio. She was 16, jobless, and living with a friend, so she believed him. She never expected what would happen next: He took her to his house in New Jersey, where she was forced to prostitute herself along with ten other young women.

Preventing Suicide: A Toolkit for High Schools

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) recently released a new toolkit that is aimed at being part of a nationwide effort to help the one out of every fifteen high school students who attempt suicide each year.

MyMoney.Gov: Expanding Financial Education and Access

The Financial Literacy and Education Commission (FLEC)'s financial literacy education website, has enhanced interactive features and utility to provide more resources to Americans seeking information that can inform their personal financial decisions. This enhanced online offering is just one of the many steps the Administration is taking to expand financial education and access.

National Youth Listening Tour

Just one month after taking office, President Obama announced the American Graduation Initiative, where he challenged America to have the highest proportion of college graduates – whether from one-year, two-year, or four-year programs – in the world by 2020. The U.S. Department of Education is leading a National Youth Listening Tour to engage youth on the President’s 2020 goal.