More teens and young adults (16-24 years old) than ever before are neither in school or working – both nationally and locally. According to Measure of America, 15.9% (or 1 in 6) San Antonio teens are considered “disengaged” compared to the national average of 11.7%.
Disengaged youth are less likely to obtain the minimum knowledge and skills necessary to join today’s workforce and to become a contributing member of society. San Antonio’s ranking could be due to the city’s high rate of teen pregnancy and school dropouts.
The city of San Antonio is taking steps to lower the number of disengaged youth by opening a Re-engagement Center. The center will provide support and resources to help students focus on their goals and get back on track. More information about the re-engagement center is to be determined, however, city officials plan to target the areas where the highest number of disengaged youth reside.
Healthy Futures of Texas also shares in the effort to support SA youth by providing medically accurate sexual health education to reduce teen and unplanned pregnancies. Email us if you’re interested in receiving more sexual health education or join the movement by making a donation.