Our Male Youth are in Trouble
Their school dropout rates are climbing. Their college completion rates are falling. As a group they are failing to adjust to a rapidly changing economy.
As our society changes at an accelerating pace the role of our young men in it has become less clear. Many traditional male roles are disappearing, replaced by uncertainty. The very concept of what it means to be a male, to be “masculine”, is changing dramatically.
Today we have an adolescent obesity epidemic in this country. Adolescent males have a higher prevalence of obesity than females, and the rate of obesity among adolescent males is increasing, while the rate for females has stabilized. The rate of intentional injury and homicide among adolescent males is four times that of adolescent females. Suicide is the third leading cause of death in males age 15 to 24 and adolescent males are four times as likely as adolescent females to die by suicide. Adolescent males have an unintended injury rate that is double that of females, and adolescent males have an ADHD diagnosis rate that is three times that of adolescent females.
The problem affects all of our boys and young males regardless of race or ethnicity. While the problem is more significant and chronic among minority youth, achievement also eludes white young males.
Something has gone terribly wrong. Something must be done to fix it.
The Boys Initiative has been established to begin addressing these issues in a collaborative fashion by bringing together individuals and organizations that hold promise for change.
We serve as a forum for information exchange and dialogue. We help identify the most pressing issues. We help organize those who can contribute to change, and we facilitate collaborative solutions.
This is a group effort. Join us.