Youth At Risk


Life skills education is known to reduce the risks for young people.  These programs support all  young people, but are particularly effective with the “high risk” youth who may:

  • have dropped out of school
  • been identified as a child of an alcohol or substance abuser
  • have been a victim of physical, sexual or psychological abuse
  • have committed a violent or delinquent act
  • have experienced mental health problems
  • have 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 support prevention of child abuse, interpersonal violence, bullying and substance abuse.  Read more about the REACH, CHALLENGE and RECOVERY Programs designed to meet this challenge.


REACH Program



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