America’s Forgotten Youth

America's Forgotten Youth

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Described as "Disconnected Youth" in recent studies, youth (16-24 years of age) that are not connected to school or work are significantly more susceptible to negative life outcomes. These outcomes include drug addiction, chronic poverty, victims of human trafficking, and reliant on public assistance. These are America's Forgotten Youth, and they are Right Here in our own backyard. From Hudson to Holiday, there is a significant level of low-income households. Many of these are single-parent or no-parent households. As the kids from these households hit middle school, their lives begin to change. With support and engagement, most thrive. The remainder begin to become less engaged and academics and behavior decline. Many feel isolated, and will not take advantage of school programs, and many schools just don't have the capacity to service all the different needs. Over 80% of these youth have goals and dreams that they feel confident they can achieve. But... Less than 50% of these youth feel they have effective support to achieve their goals. Students Survival provides this support. Caring Adults: Caring adults are the centerpieces of children’s development. They serve as guides, caretakers and advisers, who give positive and productive guidance throughout their development Safe Places: To develop intellectually and emotionally, young people need physical and psychological safety at home, at school and in the community. Without such “safe places” – environments that support and encourage inquiry, exploration, and play without fear of harm – children aren’t able to get support, form positive relationships and concentrate on school. Healthy Habits: Children grow and learn better when they are born healthy and practice healthy habits throughout childhood, including proper nutrition and exercise, and have access to high quality learning opportunities. Healthy and well-nourished children are more able to develop their minds and bodies as they should, and they are far more capable of concentrating, learning and thriving throughout their school years. Effective Education: Our increasingly knowledge-driven world demands people who have the education and skills to thrive in a competitive marketplace, and to understand the increasingly complex world in which they live. That means that in order to compete and succeed, all young people will need an effective education that prepares them for work and life. Helping Others: Through service to others and community, young Americans develop the character and competence they need to be helpful, hopeful and civic engaged all their lives, regardless of their own life circumstances. The chance to give back teaches young people the value of service to others, the meaning of community, and the self-respect that comes from knowing that one has a contribution to make in the world.