Statistics Defining the Population
An at-risk youth is defined as a 12-17 year old adolescent who faces additional adversity while navigating developmental challenges. Specifically, risks facing this population include poor mental or physical health, criminality, lack of financial independence or job readiness due to academic failure; the inability to contribute to society. The daily adversity these children face are complex and dynamic. Traumatic experiences such as coming from an abusive home, may result in removal from the home by child protective services. The stress of living in a family atmosphere without safe, democratic family structure can be exacerbated by exposure to violence, racism, neglect, grief and loss, sexual abuse, or substance use (Halverson, 2010). Many of the at-risk youth who live at Arlington House shelter lack essential life skills such as proper hygiene or dressing appropriately for the weather. At-risk children face complex and brutal realities such as depression, educational failure, addiction, unemployment, incarceration, poverty, or death as future outcomes (Camilleri, 2007). These types of negative outcomes and circumstances faced in everyday life hinder their development (Wallace-DiGarbo & Hill, 2006) and threaten their ability to achieve health and wellbeing in adulthood.
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Alfred Adler described the benefit of encouragement saying, “All symptoms of neuroses and psychoses are forms of expression of discouragement. Every improvement comes about solely from encouraging the sufferer. Every physician and every school of neurology is effective only to the extent that they succeed in giving encouragement. Occasionally, a layman can succeed in this also. It is practiced deliberately only by individual psychology." (Stein, 2005, Encouragement section, para 5).
Encouragement is one of the first building blocks to creating a positive and meaningful relationship with an at-risk youth (Iwasaki, 2014). Encouragement not only conveys respect but also builds essential trust and the opening for the adolescent to perceive adults as understanding and concerned (Fall & Berg, 1996). The impact that a single caring adult can have on the life of a youth
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