Data

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“A review of the data offers evidence of the Youth Empowerment Program’s success in addressing social determinants of health and promoting healthy lifestyles in minority youth. But it wasn’t until I actually visited a number of these programs and saw with my own eyes the work these programs do that I fully grasped the YEP’s impact. The data suggest a positive effect, but it’s also the emotional student stories of overcoming adversity that demonstrate this program is transformative.”

— Dr. Lawrence G. Pan, PT, PhD, FAPTA, Principal Investigator —
Marquette Youth Empowered to Succeed (YES) Program

Seventeen YEP grantees nationwide focus on innovative approaches to promote healthy lifestyles and life choices in minority youth, each for a three-year grant cycle. Currently, all 17 YEP grantees have finished two complete years of their three years of funding. Each YEP grantee offers an individualized program depending on the specific health issues in the local target population of students. In this chapter, the early data from the Youth Empowerment Program and conclusions in key areas of health outcomes are summarized. Preliminary data from programs that address reproductive health, violence, substance abuse, obesity, and youth assets, including educational outcomes, are described throughout.

Preliminary Data – Powerful Impact

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Reproductive health

The YEP’s effect on reproductive health outcomes can be seen in teen live birth rate data collected across the entire Youth Empowerment Program...

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Anti-Violence

Violence, crime, and murder rates are major problems in urban centers for minority youth, especially for Black, non-Hispanic males...

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Drug, Alcohol, and Tobacco abuse

Innovative programs to reduce substance abuse and risky behaviors...

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Youth Resiliency & Protective Factors

Education, which benefits minority youth in many ways to positively affect their future...

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Fitness and Wellness

The rise in childhood obesity is an epidemic that presents a major public health issue, which threatens to increase chronic health problems...

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