Every day, children across the country are exposed to violence in their home, school, and community.
Worldwide an estimated 200 000 homicides occur among youth 10–29 years of age each year, making it the fourth leading cause of death for people in this age group.
Youth homicide rates vary dramatically between and within countries.
Some youth believe that gang involvement might provide safety, protection, excitement, and opportunities to earn money, but the truth is that gang involvement is very dangerous and it limits future opportunities.
When a child is exposed to violence, their developmental growth can be affected and this experience can create lasting scars.
Positive environments can help all youth achieve good grades and maintain good mental and physical health.
However, some LGB youth are more likely than their heterosexual peers to experience negative health and life outcomes.Other forms of youth violence, such as gang violence and assault, can lead to serious injuries or even death – homicides were actually one of the top three leading causes of death in 2015 for individuals age 15-24 in the United States.A fear for many parents is the potential involvement of their child with a gang.According to the 2015 YRBS, LGB students were 140% (12% v.5%) more likely to not go to school at least one day during the 30 days prior to the survey because of safety concerns, compared with heterosexual students.Because of the increase in teen violence in recent decades, many people are concerned about finding ways to reduce or prevent teenage violence.