Definitions for at-risk & sexually exploited youth
At-risk youth: a youth whose chances at a successful transition to adult life are hindered by certain circumstances or factors experienced during their childhood. These factors include abuse/trauma, poverty, juvenile delinquency, dropping out of school, pregnancy, or mental health issues.
Sexually exploited youth: The Office of Juvenile Justice defines commercial child sexual exploitation as a range of crimes and activities involving the sexual abuse or exploitation of a child for the financial benefit of any person, or in exchange for anything of value (including monetary and non-monetary benefits) given or received by any person.
More youth than ever before are struggling with risk factors and mental health challenges. As such, community education and increased access to evidence-based, trauma-informed direct services are imperative responses to the needs of the next generation.
Check out these statistics from a 2020 study by At Risk Youth Programs:
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