Everybody should get a chance!
Every child deserves the opportunity to succeed. That’s why Youth Development is so important. The goal of Youth Development is to prepare and equip young people to meet the challenges of adulthood and achieve their full potential.
Our Team is working constantly to ensure we are helping to change the lives of children every day through Youth Development. And their efforts are sorely needed.
There’s a Big Need for Youth Development
- There are 74.2 million people under 18 in the United States. That’s 24% of the total population.
- Nearly 40% of children in the United States live in low-income families with incomes at or below 200% of the federal poverty level.
Kat Charnel, Aviation Outreach Specialist teaching a student a new skill.
AT-RISK YOUTH AND EDUCATION
- Children from low-income families are more likely to start school with limited language skills, have less parental support with homework, and deal with more emotional and social problems that interfere with learning.
- If we were able to increase the current US graduation rate to 90%, an additional 219,000 students would receive diplomas. (source)
- Only 1 in 10 youth from low-income families go on to graduate from a four-year college, compared with 28% of youth from middle-income families and 50% of youth from high-income families.
- Students who live in communities with high levels of poverty are 4x more likely to be chronically absent. Reasons for this include unstable housing, unreliable transportation, and a lack of access to health care. By 6th grade, chronic absence becomes a leading indicator that a student will drop out of high school.
More At-Risk Youth Statistics
- Children raised in poverty are more likely to lack the basics of food, clothing, adequate housing and health care.
- Nearly 45% of children living in poverty are overweight or obese compared with 22% of children living in households with incomes 4x the poverty level.
- 7% of young women from low-income families have a child by age 18, compared to only 1% from high-income families.
The Power of Youth Development
The positive outcomes to youth empowerment programs are improved social skills, improved behavior, increased academic achievement, increased self-esteem, and increased self-efficacy.
- Young people who are surrounded by a variety of opportunities for positive encounters engage in less risky behavior and ultimately show evidence of higher rates of successful transitions into adulthood.
- Research definitively shows that youth who have sufficient support from their families, schools, and communities develop the assets necessary to do well in life.