Having a parent in prison can have an impact on a child’s mental health, social behavior, and educational prospects.
Youth violence and crime affect a community's economic health, as well as individuals' physical and mental health and well-being. Homicide is the third leading cause of death for youth in our country. In 2012, more than 630,000 young people ages 10-24 were treated in emergency departments for injuries sustained from violence. 1
Preventing youth involvement in gangs is an important issue. Compared to non-gang members, gang members commit a disproportionate amount of violent crimes and offenses across the country. Gangs and gang involvement result in short- and long-term negative outcomes for gang-involved youth, their friends and families, and the surrounding communities.
Substance abuse and problematic patterns of substance use among youth can lead to problems at school, cause or aggravate health-related issues including mental health, promote poor peer relationships, motor-vehicle accidents, and place stress on the family. It can also advance to lifelong issues such as substance dependence, chronic health problems, and social and financial consequences.
Teen pregnancy prevention is a national priority. Despite declines in teen pregnancy and birth rates in the U.S., the national teen pregnancy rate continues to be higher than the rates in other Western industrialized nations and there continue to be racial and ethnic disparities.
Youth under the age of 18 who are accused of committing a delinquent or criminal act are typically processed through a juvenile justice system. While similar to that of the adult criminal justice system in many ways—processes include arrest, detainment, petitions, hearings, adjudications, dispositions, placement, probation, and reentry—the juvenile justice process operates according to the premise that youth are fundamentally different from adults, both in terms of level of responsibility and potential for rehabilitation.
Afterschool programs serve children and youth of all ages. They can provide academic supports, mentoring, and safety as well as exposure to arts, exercise, nutrition, and many more opportunities that are critical to youth development.
Mentoring creates caring, empathetic, consistent, and long-lasting relationships, often with some combination of role modeling, teaching, and advising that benefits both the youth and mentor by helping youth to succeed in life and meet their goals.
Map My Community is a tool designed specifically to assist you in locating resources in your community to help you build and strengthen your youth program. Get ideas for new partnerships, identify gaps in your community, and learn about resources to avoid duplication of effort.
FindYouthInfo.gov is the U.S. government Web site that helps you create, maintain, and strengthen effective youth programs. Included are youth facts, funding information, and tools to help you assess community assets, generate maps of local and federal resources, search for evidence-based youth programs, and keep up-to-date on the latest, youth-related news.