Statistics for at-risk youth in kansas city and the surrounding areas
Statistics for At-Risk Youth in Kansas City and the Surrounding Areas
House of Hope Kansas City (www.houseofhopekc.net) works with teens with a wide variety of presenting issues and socioeconomic backgrounds. Within the ministry, it is imperative for staff anStatistics for At-Risk Youth in Kansas City and the Surrounding Areas
House of Hope Kansas City (www.houseofhopekc.net) works with teens with a wide variety of presenting issues and socioeconomic backgrounds. Within the ministry, it is imperative for staff and parents to be aware of the prevalence of so many of the issues that teens suffer through all throughout the Kansas City area. According to recent research, there are “538,652 children and youth age 19 years or younger living in the greater Kansas City area. This child and youth population makes up 28% of the entire regional population.” Through awareness of these widespread and controversial issues among such a large population of youth, parents can be more prepared for dealing with the issues that their teens are facing. The following is a list of some of the startling statistics about what teens in our area continue to struggle with on a regular basis:
Kansas was ranked 17 out of 51 in pregnancies to females aged 15- 19 in 2011.
25% of the child and youth population are on free and reduce priced lunches and that number is increasing every year. There are a huge number of youth in poverty needing services in the greater Kansas City area.
“Though all counties have seen an increase between 2008 and 2012, there has been a 185 percent increase in the number of youth in foster care in Cass County. There was not as large an increase in Jackson County when compared to Johnson County (83 percent) but the sheer number of youth in foster care in Jackson County makes their trend greatly impact the overall trend in the region. Finally, Ray County had an 84 percent increase in the number of youth in foster care between 2008 and 2013.”
“There were 8,841 homeless students in the nine-county region during the 2012-2013,” and “has risen 79%” since the 2008-2009 school year.
“According to the Center for Disease Control, (Promotion, 2011) children born to teen mothers tend to have lower levels of kindergarten readiness, higher rates of behavioral and medical problems, consume high amounts of public resources, become involved in the juvenile justice system, drop out of school, have their own babies as teenagers and are unemployed/underemployed as adults. To prevent the cycle from repeating itself, prevention and early intervention services for young and single parents is important.”
“In 2011 in the nine-county region 1,935 teens gave birth.”
“There are more than 103,000 children living below 200% poverty in the region.”
“There has been a steady increase in the number of children involved in abuse and neglect cases in Johnson County and in Leavenworth, the number increased 52 percent between 2011 and 2012.”
“In 2012, there were 1,700 referrals on minors in the nine-county region for the juvenile status offences which include curfew violations, runaways, incorrigible, ungovernable, truancy, and alcohol consumption.”
“Overall, there were 5,021 suicidal ideation events among students surveyed in the Missouri counties in 2012.”
“Of all the inpatient hospitalizations with mental health disorders in the nine-county region in 2011, 1,998 were for youth age 14 and under, 3,724 hospitalizations were for youth age 15-24.”
Research shows that in the nine-county region in 2011, 6,118 local children and youth are in need of mental health services.
It is through the inpatient and outpatient services of House of Hope Kansas City (www.houseofhopekc.net), as well as other local and national organizations, that the struggles that today’s teens face are able to be addressed. Parents are the most important people in the process toward finding healing for their teens. Listed below are resources for parents of teens that need assistance in this difficult process.
Kansas City House of Hope
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
Kansas Suicide Prevention
Hotline (785) 841-2345
Missouri Suicide Prevention
Find a Therapist and Read Additional Information on Mental Health Topics