The Challenge is Steep, But Not Insurmountable.
According to a 2018 Pittsburgh Foundation study, youth, ages 12 to 24, are more vulnerable to diminished prospects from living in poverty conditions, including having a higher risk of involvement in the juvenile justice system. In 2018 alone, more than 3,000 juveniles were funneled through the Allegheny County court system. Of that figure, more than 75% of the youth were black or identified as another minority category.
Breaking the cycle of crime, poverty, and hopelessness needs to start long before junior high or high school. The AD99 Solutions Foundation aims to engage underprivileged youth as young as six throughout the Pittsburgh metro area to guide them towards a brighter future.