Many youth are deemed to have mental disabilities as a result of inadequate screening and the lack of responsive programming. Bipolar disorder diagnoses in particular have increased by 40 times among all youth, outpacing diagnoses among adults, in the last 10 years.
For most 18- to 23-year-olds in the United States, trying to figure out life is enough of a struggle. But for the more than 4,000 young adults aging out of the foster care system in California each year, young adulthood comes with even more hurdles.
Within two to four years, 25 percent of these young people will be homeless, more than half will be unemployed and 20 percent will be in prison, estimates San Francisco CASA.
From early June through late July, Georgia State University sociology students and volunteers from Atlanta organizations canvassed the city in an effort they’re calling the first comprehensive assessment of youth homelessness in Atlanta.
Several years ago, Freda Crichton, now 21, found herself floundering. She and her twin sister dreamed of entering the Marine Corps. After they finished high school in Seattle, her sister was accepted into the Marines, but Crichton was not.
A friend suggested Year Up, a one-year intensive training program is dedicated to closing the gap in opportunity between low- and high-income young people.