Youth Is The Future Of Tomorrow

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Today’s youth are the future of tomorrow and they will be in professions and trades that will shape our economy. They will be the policy-makers who will guide our society and they will be the parents who will raise the next generation (Representative for Children and Youth, 2015). As of July 1, 2010, there were approximately 3.7 million children under the age of 10; 1.9 million youths aged 10 to 14; and 2.2 million youths between 15 and 19 years of age (“A Statistical Snapshot,” n.d.). In particular, youth at risk such as those living in poverty or with health challenges, or those facing social isolation or violence deserve special attention to improve their long-term outcomes (Representative for Children and Youth, 2015). According to Youth Services (n.d.) ‘high-risk youth’ are defined as youth that are sexually exploited, drug or alcohol addicted, living on the street or have a mental health problem. Moreover, the definition of risk generally encompasses possible negative outcomes for the child that may be due to prenatal or post-natal problems, developmental delays, and exposure to marital conflicts (Statistics Canada, 2001). It is crucial to gain an understanding of these issues because, “young people depend on adults to protect, care and advocate for them, and to help them develop their full potential” (Bacon, Hanvey, & Health Council of Canada Staff, 2006, p. 9). This paper provides an overview of youth that are at risk; a consideration of the experiences faced by
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