Defining Risk

Below are examples of characteristics that have been used by our current YAP Partners in determining risk factors for children and teens.  Assume for the purposes of this exercise that risk also includes youth with special needs and youth who experience socio-economic marginalization.  Please note that this list is by no means all inclusive and is a very generalized sampling.


Youth qualifies for free and reduced lunch program through school              Youth is on the autism spectrum

Youth has been in or is in foster care                                                                      Youth experiences extensive emotional and/or behavioral issues

Youth and/or parent struggles with substance abuse                                         Youth has learning disabilities

Physical or verbal abuse of the youth in the home                                               Youth has any level of cognitive delay or disability

Non-English speaking parents                                                                                  Youth is a teen parent

Youth is involved in the court system

Family receives food stamps, disability or government assistance

Youth has experienced transiency or homelessness

Truancy issues

History of mental illness in the immediate family

Death in the immediate family

Youth has experienced depression or suicidal tendencies

A family member has been incarcerated

Youth lacks one or both significant parental role models