Louisiana ranked second as the highest state with at risk youth. Mississippi ranked first.
An at risk youth is one less likely to transition successfully into adulthood due to growing up in unstable homes or lacking positive role models. When such problems are prevalent, they often increase an adolescent’s risk of adverse outcomes, including economic hardship, early pregnancy and violence, especially in adulthood.
WalletHub analyst, Jill Gonzalez said, “It’s crucial for these states to invest in education. States like Louisiana and Mississippi have the highest rates of disconnected youth (youth not working and not in school), as well as the highest rates of youth without a high school diploma.” She continued, “These states should offer youth the tools they need to finish their education, like alternative/online high school options or work-study programs, so that they are able to be gainfully employed later in life.”
Gonzales also suggested that organizations who work with youth located in these states, “should work together with local authorities to provide education access for underprivileged youth.” For example, they could offer free tutoring to improve reading and math scores for students.
Obviously we also wanted to know what parents can do to prevent their children from being a statistic. According to Gonzales, “Parents should concern themselves with their children’s diet at a young age, given the high obesity and overweight youth statistics we analyzed, as well as work together with teachers to become the third leg of a healthy education system at home.”
A report from Mission Readiness says that 71% of adolescents today are in eligible to join the military right now because they lack basic academic skills, criminal records or health issues such as obesity and diabetes.
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