What We Do

What We DoOur youth are facing negative influences that are preventing them from making ethical and moral choices that will help them fulfill their potential and become self-reliant, contributing adults. Local youth organizations and those who serve youth in our area are looking for additional resources to assist with preventing and dealing with the effects of adverse childhood experiences. The Youth of North Carolina provides these additional services protecting, supporting, and serving all youth throughout North Carolina

The “Healthy North Carolina 2030” organized by the North Carolina Institute of Medicine explains the three largest needs and challenges as:

  • Mental Health, Anxiety, Suicide, and Depression

  • Alcohol and Drugs

  • Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Mental Health, Anxiety, Suicide and Depression

Serious mental stress is a fact for many American teens. In the new survey, seven out of ten teens say anxiety and depression are major problems among their peers; mental health professionals share this concern.

Alcohol and drugs

Anxiety and depression are not the only concerns for U.S. teens. The Pew Research Center’s survey found that drug addiction (51%) and alcohol consumption (45%) are major problems among youth.

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion 

Diversity is the presence of differences within a given setting. Equity is the process of ensuring that processes and programs are impartial, fair, and provide equal outcomes for every individual. Inclusion is the practice of ensuring that people feel a sense of belonging and not judged unfairly.

According to a 2021, North Carolina Community Colleges Creating Success (NCCCS) Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Task Force report, there is an absence of education and incorporation of these terms in youth services which negatively impacts many.