THROUGH SCIENTIFIC EVIDENCE-BASED SOLUTIONS
ADDRESSING INEQUITY BARRIERS TO EMPOWER THE NEXT GENERATIONS
Inequity barriers youth face have a profound and lasting impact on their lives. These inequities can manifest in many forms, such as unequal access to education, healthcare, and employment opportunities and discrimination based on race, gender, sexual orientation, and socioeconomic status.
When youth are denied equal opportunities, they are more likely to experience poverty, unemployment, and other forms of disparity later in life, which can perpetuate a cycle of inequality that affects not only the individuals but also their families and communities.
Addressing inequity and uplifting youth is crucial for creating a more just and equitable society that values the potential and contributions of all its members, regardless of their background or circumstances.
In 2019, ~3.9MIL children under age 18 lived in extreme poverty, defined as living in households with incomes below half of the poverty threshold. Extreme poverty rates impacted 11.7% of Black and 9.7% of Hispanic children, compared to 2.2% of White children.
In 2020, 34% of Black students and 30% of Hispanic students attend high-poverty schools, compared to 8% of White students.
In 2018, only 41% of low-income students enrolled in college immediately after high school, compared to 71% of high-income students.
In 2020, the unemployment rate for young adults ages 18-24 was 16.8%, but for Black and Hispanic young adults, it was 24.8% and 19.4%, respectively.
In 2020, Black youth were 4.6 times more likely than White youth to be incarcerated, while Hispanic youth were 1.7 times more likely.
In 2021, 12.4% of Black and 10.4% of Hispanic youth reported having suicidal thoughts, compared to 6.9% of White youth. Black and Hispanic youth are more likely to face barriers to accessing mental health care, such as lack of insurance and limited availability of culturally competent providers.
OUR COMMITMENT TO YOUTH
Fox’s youth development program consists of tailored, evidence-based interventions that provide a bridge to surpass equity barriers. Our scientifically based programs consist of a multistep development program beginning with a community needs assessment. Based on the evaluation, we establish partnerships to ensure the most significant impact, develop tailored programs, train the team, recruit and provide participants with access to resources, and measure impact and data, ensuring effectiveness and innovation.