told the story of a girl who recently graduated from high school who may not have except for the Success Teams Assisting Youth (STAY) program.

Muskegon has had an unusually high rate of expulsions and suspensions, and school and community leaders are collaborating to change that.  The STAY initiative is one of 16 programs supported by the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges for its School Pathways to the Juvenile System Project.

STAY gives young people who have made mistakes a second chance in a structured environment where educators and authorities mentor the offending students to get them functioning again in the schools.

You can read the MLive Muskegon Chronicle article here and its editorial here.

Michigan and the Michigan Committee on Juvenile Justice are making the reduction of truancy, and efforts to keep students in school, a high priority through the Michigan School-Justice Partnership.  Read more about those efforts here.

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