Youth in Area Learning Centers
Area learning centers are non–traditional educational settings tailored to students who require support and opportunities not available in conventional school environments. Youth in Minnesota area learning centers report more sexual risk behavior and have a higher rate of pregnancy than their peers in traditional high schools. (Minnesota Student Survey, 2010).
There are over 220 area learning centers and programs in Minnesota, primarily serving middle and high school students. Alternative programs may offer year–round programming, hands–on experiential approaches, resources for social emotional issues, vocational or career emphasis, independent study options for students over the age of 16 and both day or evening courses.
(Snapshots on Minnesota Youth. Vol. 3, Issue 4, Feb 2012. The Minnesota Departments of Education, Health, Human Services and Public Safety are pleased to present a series of reports focusing on issues facing Minnesota youth).