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:
- 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."
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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