Life Skills Objectives
Increase High School Graduation Rate
The Center for Evaluation and education wrote in their Education Policy Briefing in 2008 that, “a large body of research indicates that students from particular backgrounds or who possess particular characteristics are more likely to drop out than others. In particular, minority students and students from low-income families are less likely to complete high school than their peers.” This is still the case. Although high school graduation rates increased over the past two academic years, Georgia still suffers with a 39.88$ drop-out rate in 2014, according to the GA Department of Education. This number represents thousands of young people who won’t be equipped to manage adult responsibilities. For this reason, Tou-Be Youth Development Foundation desires to partner with local schools and present a variety of enrichment experiences to support high schools students and thereby increase high school graduation rates.
Reduce Illegal Drug Use
The National Institute on Drug Abuse understands the science of drug abuse and addiction and their 2014 research shows that drug use by high school students remains a serious risk factor. As a matter of fact, The Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System monitors six types of health-risk behaviors that contribute to the leading causes of death and disability among youth. The two factors of greatest concern are behaviors that contribute to unintentional injuries and violence as well as sexual behaviors that contribute to unintended pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases including HIV. Tuo-Be Youth Development Foundation will provide information, resources and tools for youth to prevent, and/or act as intervention to help youth develop good habits and make better choices.
Reduce Juvenile Delinquency and Recidivism
Reduce Teen Pregnancy
According to the Georgia Department of Juvenile Justice (DJJ), more than 50 percent of youth offenders were arrested and identified as delinquent or convicted of a crime within three years of release, creating a 65 percent recidivism rate.
The further revealed that there is a lack of community-based options with evidenced based programs for youth to who have been involved with the juvenile justice system to grow, develop and correct their attitudes and actions. Tuo-Be Youth Development Foundation will provide the necessary life skills training to support youth development that will impact their lives today and into adulthood.
The US Department of Health and Human Services Office of Adolescent Health recently revealed that Georgia ranked number 14 nationally for teen pregnancy among young women ages 15-19 in 2011 with a total of 13,170 births.