Tuesday, March 21, 2006
Helping America's Youth: Engaging At-Risk Students
Many students face persistent challenges that hold them back from growing into healthy, productive adults. Risky behaviors, including alcohol and drug abuse, violence and early sexual activity are among the top causes of disease and mortality among young people. This program focuses on what schools can do to engage children in their studies, promote healthy behaviors, and prepare students for successful lives after graduation. It addresses questions such as:
- What is the Helping America's Youth Initiative and how is it engaging Americans to ensure positive outcomes for children?
- What does the research say about the current state of America's youth? How well are they doing in and out of school, and what kinds of unique challenges do they face?
- Why are families, communities and schools so critical to positive youth development? Specifically, what can parents do to ensure that their children stay on track for healthy, successful lives?