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NCJ Number: 212127 Find in a Library
Title: Disadvantaged Youth
Corporate Author: America's Promise--The Alliance for Youth
United States of America
Date Published: 2005
Page Count: 12
Sponsoring Agency: America's Promise--The Alliance for Youth
Alexandria, VA 22314-1556
Sale Source: America's Promise--The Alliance for Youth
909 North Washington Street
Suite 400
Alexandria, VA 22314-1556
United States of America
Type: Program Description (Model)
Format: Document (Online)
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This report presents a profile of disadvantaged youth in American society and outlines effective strategies for helping them overcome obstacles and thrive.
Abstract: Certain youth enter adulthood at a distinct disadvantage; these youth include young people who grow up in low-income households, are part of minority or immigrant families, or have a parent in prison. The report explains how these youth are disadvantaged, from having poor educational attainment to engaging in risky behaviors and having limited access to educational programs and healthcare. The impact of this disadvantage on youth is reviewed, including the deleterious impacts on mental health and future job prospects. Disadvantaged youth also present certain costs to society at large; these costs are described in terms of the economic impact on society caused by such phenomena as teenage births. Finally, the report describes the Five Promises strategy for helping disadvantaged youth overcome the obstacles they face. The strategy includes the involvement of caring adults, the provision of safe places, the promotion of sound physical and psychological health, effective educational opportunities, and opportunities to help others. The Five Promises strategy can be used to help frame State policies on positive youth development. Resources
Main Term(s): Adolescents at risk; Children at risk
Index Term(s): Educationally disadvantaged persons; Low income target groups; Youth development
Note: America's Promise--The Alliance for Youth Issue Brief, Issue One 1 2005; downloaded November 18, 2005.
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