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  • Youth Action Research Noah Kirksey Jenna Jalbert Pierre Osias
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  • Our Objective Our mission was to research and compile data from various sources about the issues facing youth in under-resourced neighborhoodsOur mission was to research and compile data from various sources about the issues facing youth in under-resourced neighborhoods We focused our efforts on three major cities in the Massachusetts area: Boston, Springfield, Holyoke.We focused our efforts on three major cities in the Massachusetts area: Boston, Springfield, Holyoke. Our goal was to analyze the data that we collected and compare it with overall state data to obtain a better understanding of the cities lack of necessary resourcesOur goal was to analyze the data that we collected and compare it with overall state data to obtain a better understanding of the cities lack of necessary resources Research to find out what efforts have already been established and are working to combat issues facing youth in under- resourced neighborhoodsResearch to find out what efforts have already been established and are working to combat issues facing youth in under- resourced neighborhoods Find out what ways we as students can contribute our efforts to make positive changesFind out what ways we as students can contribute our efforts to make positive changes
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  • Issues Facing Youth Data analysis on youth in these cities consist of:Data analysis on youth in these cities consist of: -Economic issues facing youth -Economic issues facing youth -Educational Resources -Educational Resources -Available housing resources -Available housing resources -Youth incarceration and impact of violence -Youth incarceration and impact of violence -Race/Gender inequities -Race/Gender inequities -Youth community/cultural organizing efforts -Youth community/cultural organizing efforts -Etc.. -Etc..
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  • Boston Poverty Within Boston: From 1992 to 2000 poverty overall has risen in BostonFrom 1992 to 2000 poverty overall has risen in Boston 23% of families with children are at or below the poverty level23% of families with children are at or below the poverty level Boston is ranked as the 13th state with the highest poverty rateBoston is ranked as the 13th state with the highest poverty rate
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  • Boston From 1999 to 2002, youth-gang related homicides in Massachusetts rose more than 50 percent,From 1999 to 2002, youth-gang related homicides in Massachusetts rose more than 50 percent, From 1996 to 2003, Boston experienced a drop in youth violence. Then, the number of shootings started to climb: 268 in 2004 and 341 in 2005. The city is on track for a projected number of 616 shootings in 2006.From 1996 to 2003, Boston experienced a drop in youth violence. Then, the number of shootings started to climb: 268 in 2004 and 341 in 2005. The city is on track for a projected number of 616 shootings in 2006. Last year, high-school-age teens comprised 50 percent of shooting victims.Last year, high-school-age teens comprised 50 percent of shooting victims. Youth Violence, 1996-2005
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  • Boston 24% of high school students reported having been bullied in school during the past year.24% of high school students reported having been bullied in school during the past year. 10% of high school students were involved in a gang in the year before the survey.10% of high school students were involved in a gang in the year before the survey. Over one-fifth of high school students (22%) reported having their property stolen or deliberately damaged at school in the past year.Over one-fifth of high school students (22%) reported having their property stolen or deliberately damaged at school in the past year. Massachusetts Youth Risk Behavior Survey, 2005:
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  • MA Demographics There were 1,251,263 youth and young adults ages 10 to 24 in Massachusetts in 2000, 19.7% of the Commonwealths populationThere were 1,251,263 youth and young adults ages 10 to 24 in Massachusetts in 2000, 19.7% of the Commonwealths population
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  • Massachusetts The proportion of school age youth, (ages 10-17) is 10.6%, but varies throughout MA.
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  • Boston While poverty rates continue to rise, youth funding is being cutWhile poverty rates continue to rise, youth funding is being cut In order to see a positive correlation between youth and violence, the public must take actionIn order to see a positive correlation between youth and violence, the public must take action An increase in youth programs will help eliminate the rising levels of violence as a wholeAn increase in youth programs will help eliminate the rising levels of violence as a whole We must provide Bostons youth with positive organizations in order for them to succeed and not end up as another statisticWe must provide Bostons youth with positive organizations in order for them to succeed and not end up as another statistic
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  • Springfield Demographics: In 2004, Springfields population was Was slightly less than 45 percent white,Was slightly less than 45 percent white, Little less than 20 percent of residents identifying as African AmericanLittle less than 20 percent of residents identifying as African American 30 percent identifying as Hispanic or Latino30 percent identifying as Hispanic or Latino Youth Demographics: One-fourth of Springfields population is under the age of 18,.One-fourth of Springfields population is under the age of 18,. In 2004 Springfields population were between the age of 10 and 14, compared to less than seven percent of Massachusetts populationIn 2004 Springfields population were between the age of 10 and 14, compared to less than seven percent of Massachusetts population
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  • Springfield The graph compares the percentage of population by age group of Massachusetts and Springfield. As you can see Springfield youth population ages 10-14 dramatically surpasses that of Massachusetts as a whole
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  • Springfield Family Statistics: 49.8 of families consist of married couples49.8 of families consist of married couples 39.8 percent of families headed by a single woman 39.8 percent of families headed by a single woman Median family income of families headed by a single woman remained below $20,000 for every year from 2000 to 2004Median family income of families headed by a single woman remained below $20,000 for every year from 2000 to 2004
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  • Springfield Education Conditions: The states average percentage of public school students considered low-income has hovered around one quarter, The states average percentage of public school students considered low-income has hovered around one quarter, However more than three-quarters of Springfield students are considered low- income.However more than three-quarters of Springfield students are considered low- income.
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  • Springfield This graphs illustrates that Springfields percentage of low income students is significantly lower than that of the state, beginning in 2001 and continuing a steady trend up to 2006
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  • Springfield Economic Conditions: Springfields poverty rate, at 23.1 percentSpringfields poverty rate, at 23.1 percent - more than ten percentage points above that of the nation. - more than ten percentage points above that of the nation. Child poverty rates, more than one in three children live in povertyChild poverty rates, more than one in three children live in poverty
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  • Holyoke POVERTY STATUS IN 1999 Families................................ 2,150 22.6%Families................................ 2,150 22.6% With related children under 18 years...........1,869 33.9%With related children under 18 years...........1,869 33.9% With related children under 5 years............1,012 45.2%With related children under 5 years............1,012 45.2% Families with female householder, noFamilies with female householder, no husband present......................... 1,532 48.0%husband present......................... 1,532 48.0% With related children under 18 years...........1,376 55.1%With related children under 18 years...........1,376 55.1% With related children under 5 years............760 71.0%With related children under 5 years............760 71.0%
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  • Holyoke Community risk factors that contribute to youth violence, drug use, and delinquency are great. Some neighborhoods are characterized by abandoned buildings, deteriorated and inadequate infrastructures, and lack of sufficient recreational facilitiesCommunity risk factors that contribute to youth violence, drug use, and delinquency are great. Some neighborhoods are characterized by abandoned buildings, deteriorated and inadequate infrastructures, and lack of sufficient recreational facilities Forty-one percent of the general population and 68.7% of the public school population is of Hispanic descent, 29% of Holyoke families and 51% of students are living at or below the poverty level and 70% of public school children are eligible for free lunches.Forty-one percent of the general population and 68.7% of the public school population is of Hispanic descent, 29% of Holyoke families and 51% of students are living at or below the poverty level and 70% of public school children are eligible for free lunches.
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  • Holyoke Youth Violence And Incarceration Between January 1999 and April 2000, the Holyoke Police Department logged 85 arrests for youth between the ages of 10 and 17 for drug rela