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At-Risk Youth
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PWP focuses on low-income high school students who are also at-risk. The term "at-risk" is used by a wide variety of organizations, institutions, and industries. It has many meanings in different organizations. But to PWP, the term "at-risk" means the following things. 

Living In Poverty

According to this forum (a collection of 23 federal agencies), children (up to 17 years old) who live in poverty are vulnerable to environmental, educational, health and safety risks. Compared with their peers, children living in poverty are likely to have more cognitive, behavioral, socioemotional difficulties. "Throughout their lifetimes, they are more likely to complete fewer years of school, and experience more years of unemployment."  

Exposure To Violence or Abuse

Research shows that exposure to violence, whether as victims or witnesses, can have adverse consequences for normal and healthy development including mental and physical health problems, poor academic performance, delinquent and antisocial behavior. This includes domestic violence and family abuse.

Crime or Criminal Activities

Research shows that youth who have been involved with the juvenile justice system are more likely to be suspended or expelled from school, or their academic achievement level is below the grade equivalent for their age, or have a history of truancy or grade retention, or live in a high crime zip code.

Parenting and Home Life Issues

Research shows that youth from single parent families are more likely to become involved with gangs, join gangs or be influenced by gang members. Youth with an incarcerated parent are likely to have been impacted in negative ways impacting  mental health, social behavior and educational prospects, and are likely to have been exposed to drugs and family violence.