Health Youth/Healthy Regions: A Report on the Status of Youth in 9 Nor Cal Counties

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October 21, 2011 Charter schools can help to meet the significant challenges facing the capital region's youth. This report by the UC Davis Center for Regional Studies will be useful to charter leaders, and developers that are seeking to serve students who are not being served well by the traditional system by providing a broader context for the challenges students and families are facing today.

The Healthy Youth/Healthy Regions report is unique because of the broad geographical scale and the cross-sector factors determine our youth's and region's health and well-being. The study assessed the well-being of young people in Sacramento, Sutter, Yuba, El Dorado, Placer, Amador, Yolo, Solano, and Nevada counties. Researchers collected data on five major, interrelated contributors:

  1. education
  2. physical and mental health
  3. employment
  4. civic engagement
  5. the built environment - the structures and surroundings created and modified by people.

They found that significant structural challenges undermine youth's progress in all these areas and that there are marked disparities in resources and opportunities associated with geography, socioeconomic status, race, ethnicity, immigration status and other factors. It includes a "Well Being Index" map, which shows how youth in the region are struggling.

View the report here.