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Child At Risk

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What makes a child “at risk”?
Children have fallen victim to be considered “at-risk” for a very long time. Individuals argue that all children are at risk in some way or another, while others stress that some children face much higher risks than other children. Children are seen as at risk if they are disabled, have low self-esteem, or have been abused as well as simply being a child with no advocacy (Moore, K. A., 2006). Instead, some individuals struggle that they should not view children themselves as being at risk, instead the environments that the children grow into. For example, it could be said that the family is at risk and not specifically the children.
Curiously, rather than specifically indicating what children are at risk of, the phrase “at-risk” is often used vaguely to refer to poor life outcomes in general. These outcomes are very general,
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For example, peer mentorship programs in universities have been found to enhance students' academic success, communication skills, decision-making and problem-solving, acceptance of diverse cultures, and personal reflection (Rawana, J. S., Sieukaran, D. D., Nguyen, H. T., & Pitawanakwat, R., 2015). The great part about these types of programs is that it not only benefits the U.S., but research on peer mentorship programs for ethnicity groups also show promising outcomes as well (Rawana, J. S., Sieukaran, D. D., Nguyen, H. T., & Pitawanakwat, R., 2015).
Particular out of-school-time programs in the community are likely to have more specific goals for “at-risk” children, such as improving grades in school, delaying sexual initiation, or developing conflict resolution skills (Moore, K. A., 2006). It is valuable for programs to understand the levels of risk and protective factors in their program clients, as well as of their potential clients. Such understanding can help in developing programs and also in obtaining funds for
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