Youth At Risk


In the last decade, the identification of at-risk and high-risk youth has developed in an effort to detect children who may later become involved in dysfunctional behavior or victimization. A “high risk” elementary age youth:

  • has dropped out of school
  • is identified as a child of an alcohol or substance abuser
  • is a victim of physical, sexual or psychological abuse
  • has committed a violent or delinquent act
  • has experienced mental health problems
  • has attempted suicide

Current research and professional literature cites a lack of basic life skills, including assertiveness, communication and coping as the most important common characteristic of abused, delinquent or dysfunctional children. Life skills curricula are considered the single most effective response to the plethora of problems facing modern youth.  Read more about the REACH, CHALLENGE and RECOVERY Programs designed to meet this challenge.


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Author Dr. Sherryll Kraizer has a Ph.D. in education with a specialization in youth at risk.