In the Community

 

Current Youth Experience

  • 17-21% of 9th and 11th graders are home alone or otherwise unsupervised every day after school; about a fifth aren’t aware of after school programs available to them
    30% of 9th graders have had significant problems with feeling trapped, lonely, depressed, anxious, and hopeless about the future
    Up to a sixth of 9th and 11th graders have considered suicide
    13% of high school juniors believe adults in the community care about them very much
    15% believe adults in the community don’t care about them at all

Our Response

We train staff of youth-serving organizations like libraries, mentoring associations, and police departments to transform their cultures and practices to become more effective advocates for youth. We do this through consulting and at workshops offered throughout the year.
A community organization was calling the police 2-3x a week in the summer to deal with disruptive youth. After receiving our training, they were able to build more positive relationships with youth and didn’t feel the need to call the police again.
We also train local residents through our Ambassadors for Youth program on youth engagement. Ambassadors have started dozens of new youth programs in their communities.