Today’s youth are exposed to a variety of negative factors making them more at-risk to injury, academic failure, and poor health. Teens who are likely to be more at-risk are usually those that lack a strong support system at home as well as teens who are not
coping well with the different challenges that they are facing. Our society tends to bypass the fact that there are many factors, including their environment both in and out of the home, that cause negative risks for youth and young adults. Children who come
from low-income families are much less likely to transition successfully into adulthood. A study by the US Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) analyzed census data from 2008 found that household income dramatically impacts youth outcomes. Youth
from low-income families are more likely to be teen parents, engage in gang activity, exhibit delinquent behaviors, and become less likely to graduate from a 4-year college than youth from middle-income and high-income families.