What We Know About Youth At-Risk

We know from research that disadvantaged youth face barriers to success that can have serious negative outcomes, now and in the future. Some of the problems facing the disadvantaged youth are:Libfun children foundation

  • Illiteracy
  • Homelessness
  • Poor health care
  • High crime exposure
  • More likely to suffer from mental health
  • More behavioral problems in school
  • Higher risk of being a school dropout
  • More likely to be teen mothers
  • Likely to be exposed to abuse or neglect

The National Center for Children in Poverty states that there are 24 million children under the age of 6 in the United States. Their statistics show that high percentages of these children are living in families with multiple risk.

39% - Ages 0-1

41% - Ages 1-2

20% - Ages 3-6

These children have an impact on the future of all children and our communities. Without intervention and prevention, they are destined to have negative outcomes and ultimately become a burden on society.

  "At any given moment, you have the power to say, This is NOT how the story will END."    

M.H.S. Pourri 


The Importance of Early Intervention for Infants and Toddlers with Disabilities 


Young Children At Risk



Education and disadvantaged children: Research roundup 



Community Violence and Youth: Affect, Behavior, Substance Use, and Academics



Disadvantaged children can hurt achievement of others in their classrooms



The role of children's future expectations in self-system functioning and adjustment to life stress: A prospective study of urban at-risk children



An At-Risk Approach to the Study of Child Abuse: Some Preliminary Findings



Defining the term "At-Risk"



Identifying Children and Families at Risk



Family Risk Factors



Statistics on Homeless Youth in America


The Impact of Youth Development Programs on Student Academic Achievement