There is a huge lack of opportunities for young people to be occupied outside of sports in the north east. “Highly bored individuals tend to lack the ability to entertain themselves. As a result, they may turn to activities like doing drugs”, says McWelling Todman at the New School for Social Research in New York City. “Drug use takes place during downtime when the person would have otherwise been entertaining themselves.”
The BCBSA, (Blue Cross Blue Shield Association) found that the highest rates of depression, suicide, and drug abuse cases were being found in New England, with Rhode Island and Maine registering the highest rates in the area.
There are so many flaws in traditional youth development programs, but first let’s look at Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs in order to recognize how far off they really are.
Revolution Youth ensures that at every level of our organization young people have their basic needs met, as our top priority. We recognize that if they aren't eating a healthy meal every day or aren't safe in their own home - these needs are much more important to take care of first.