Youth from lower income households show higher rates of just about any health, social or education-related problem. They are more likely to experience a wide variety of illnesses, hospital stays, accidents, mental health problems, lower school achievement and early drop-out, family violence and child abuse.
Strengthening social ties and community connections can have a protective effect and help young people cope with challenging circumstances. We build community connections to help unlock potential and build productive paths forward.
“My Youth Leadership Program experience was one of the biggest positive influences in my life. I had no stability in home, education, or anything like that, but once a year I would always come out to camp and it gave me something to look forward to. I met my support system out there, I challenged myself both physically and mentally, and it pushed me to be who I am.”
– Ariel, Age 17, YLP Graduate 2016
“Kids at inner city schools are just as bright… just as smart. They jump just as high and they run just as fast. They just haven’t had the opportunities. But when you give them the time and you give them the chance, they catch up really fast.”
- Terry, Teacher