There are numerous nonprofits that serve the needs of at-risk youth. This work ranges from educational attainment to violence prevention, and everything in between. Collectively these nonprofits serve the needs of the millions of young people in need of intervention and support.
We first researched this cause in 2011 and revealed 9 high-impact nonprofits. In order to keep our information relevant we refresh the research every three years, so we are looking into the cause once again. We’re excited to discover how the sector and the research results will prove changed (or not!)
Who Are At-Risk Youth?
Broadly speaking, at-risk youth are young people who have a strong potential for negative life outcomes. These outcomes include:
- Criminal justice infractions
- Low wage earning
- Poor health outcomes (including STIs, diabetes, etc)
- Shortened life expectancy
Common general factors associated with at-risk youth include:
- Community/environmental risks (high crime, low education attainment)
- Court involved youth
- Involvement in the foster care system
- LGBT Youth
- Little or no family history of higher education
- Low socio-economic status
- New Immigrants/English language learners
- Opportunity Youth – young people between the ages of 16 and 24 who are neither in school nor working.
- Racial and ethnic minorities
- Teen parents
Types of services nonprofits provide include everything on how to service the child outside of academic enrichment. This can include:
- After school programming
- Child abuse and neglect prevention
- Economic supports for families
- Criminal justice support
- Workforce development
- Youth development
Types of nonprofits could include
- direct service providers.
- policy and advocacy
Participation in the Research
If you are a professional (foundation staff, researcher, nonprofit staff member, etc.) working in the field of at-risk youth and have insight on nonprofit organizations working in this field, we’d love to hear from you. You may have received an email from us with a link to our survey. The survey will be open until mid-July 2014. We hope you will share your perspective and insights! If for some reason we have missed you and you think you have a valuable perspective to offer, please contact Jasmine Marrow at firstname.lastname@example.org with information about your current position and background, and we would be happy to send the survey to you to include your recommendations.
Additionally, we invite your feedback and thoughts about how you might frame this type of work. For those readers less familiar with this topic, we hope you learned something new and will check in again when we have the results of this research. Thank you all for your participation!