“On any given night, approximately 41,000 unaccompanied youth ages 13-25 experience homelessness.
The average age a teen enters the sex trade in the US is 12 to 14 years old. Many victims are runaway girls who were sexually abused as children.
Many “latchkey” children experience stressful and even dangerous situations without ready access to adult guidance and support. It is estimated that as many as 10 million American children care for themselves before or after school. Many latchkey kids begin their self-care responsibilities The US teen birth rate (births per 1,000 females aged 15 to 19 years) has been declining since 1991.at about 8 years of age.
Youth drug abuse is a high-profile public health concern, with at least 1-in-8 teenagers abusing an illicit substance in the last year. Drug use among 8th graders increased 61% between 2016 and 2020. By 12th grade, 62% of teenagers have abused alcohol.”
Often young people face life’s challenges with little or no support. They are often victims of social media bullying, where their self-esteem can drain away. We can look into their eyes, but can we hear their silent screams? Young brains are supposedly not fully developed until age 26.
Second Story transforms the lives of children, youth, and their families by providing safe havens and opportunities for them to grow and thrive. Their programs provide support at critical turning points in their lives. Founded in 1972 as “Alternative House” in Fairfax County, Virginia, Second Story helps children and youth stay safe, make positive decisions, achieve educational success, and overcome personal crises.
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 Composite sources are Youth Underground, CDC, Drug abuse Statistics, NCJC.gov, and the Washington Times.Until next time, remember,
You are not alone.
You are not your circumstances.
You have everything within you to live a purpose-filled life.