SUMMARY OF THE SHOW
There are various definitions of at-risk depending on who you talk to but all can agree that an at-risk youth is a child who is less likely to transition successfully into adulthood. Success can include academic success, job readiness, and the ability to be financially independent. It also refers to the ability to become a positive member of society by leading a purposeful life.
Of the 1.8 million young adults (age 16 – 21) who have left high school without a diploma – 66 percent are not working.
Researchers agree that poverty plays a direct role in determining the likelihood of juvenile delinquency. According to a study by the Department of Health and Human Services, 20% of children from low-income families are charged with a crime by the time they turn 24, compared with 16% of children from middle-income families: and 12% of children from high-income families.