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Shocking Statistics

  • Every Day In America...

    • 2,989 children witness the divorce of their parents (The Troubles Teenagers Face, Diane Drew, The Covington News, 3/95)

    • 3,288 teenagers will run away from home (The Troubles Teenagers Face, Diane Drew, The Covington News, 3/95)

    • 6 teenagers will commit suicide (Youth Rick Behavior Surveillance, CDC, 1995)

    • 438 teenagers will be arrested for drinking (Youth Rick Behavior Surveillance, CDC, 1995)

    • 211 teenagers will be arrested for drug-related crimes (The Troubles Teenagers Face, Diane Drew, The Covington News, 3/95)

    • 2,861 teenagers will drop out of school (Every day in America, Children's Defense Fund)

    • 1,629 teenagers are placed in an adult jail for some reason (The Troubles Teenagers Face, Diane Drew, The Covington News, 3/95)

    • 7,742 teenagers become sexually active (The Troubles Teenagers Face, Diane Drew, The Covington News, 3/95)

    • 1,106 teenage girls become pregnant (The Troubles Teenagers Face, Diane Drew, The Covington News, 3/95)

    • 8,219 teenagers acquire a sexually transmitted disease (Facts in Brief, Teen Sex and Pregnancy, The Alan Guttmacher Institustion, September, 1999)

  • In a random survey of 1,200 adolescents and young adults age 13 to 24 throughout the United States, the Kaiser Family Foundation found that 81 percent reported that they have had intercourse, and 50 percent agreed that "people their age" mix alcohol and drugs a lot.  (Dangerous Liaisons, ABC News, February 7, 2002)

  • In 2000, 1688 young people (ages 13 to 24) were reported with AIDS (Young People at Risk:  HIV/AIDS Among America's Youth, CDC, March 11, 2002)

  • 2 in 10 girls and 3 in 10 boys are sexually active by the age of 15 (Facts in Brief, Teen Sex and Pregnancy, The Alan Guttmacher Institution, September, 1999)

  • Over half of teenagers say they would have a better relationship with their parents if they spent more time together (Afterschool for America's Teenagers, Executive Summary, YMCA of the USA, March, 2001)

  • The average teen in the US is left unsupervised for 2.2 days or a total of five hours.  (Afterschool for America's Teenagers, Executive Summary, YMCA of the USA, March, 2001)

  • Violent youth crime peaks between the hours of 3:00PM and 6:00PM (facts on Youth Violence and Crime, Children's Defense Fund, February, 2002)

  • Nearly 40% of American teenagers know someone who has been shot.  (Uhlich National Teen Gun survey, Chicago, August, 26, 2003)