Goal 16: Peace, Justice & Strong Institutions
help at-risk youth mitigate the psychosocial factors impacting them in order to lead full and productive lives?
At-risk youth are children 12-17 years old who are exposed to harm or danger that can lead to lifelong effects, such as poor developmental skills, violence and crime and an inability to fit in with society.
Transitioning into adulthood is a critical and stressful time, as youth must learn to form relationships, make decisions and manage life events. Youth are more susceptible to the environmental influences around them, which stresses the need for support and resources. This system involves individual and social factors as well as gaps where stakeholders and findings have revealed suggestions and changes that could be made to improve and restore youth back into society.
Since researching youth homelessness in a social innovation class, I’ve become interested in learning how youth become at-risk with themselves and within their environments. I would like to educate others on some of these causes and gather support and awareness for what needs to be done to prevent at-risk youth from leaving the system.