Youth are the largest group to be affected by drug and alcohol use and abuse (NCADD)Not only does it hurt you but it hurts your family and friends as wellHaving no one to turn to or to helpEvery day, an average of 2,000 teens misuse prescription drugs for the first time, the majority of whom take drugs from their own homes or their friends’ homes. (Huffington Post)Many teens who abuse substances often get them from their own home or family and friends(DrugAbuse.gov)Extended family will often wish to cut ties with the young person abusing substancesIf a youth abuses substances and their the next generation in their family in can have negative effects on role modeling and trust which can damage the relationships between generationsFamily and friends also experience the effects of substance abuse because they are often not reliableYouth who abuse substances are likely to find themselves further away from family.
They often prefer hanging around people who do the same activities as they do.Homeless youth have no fixed address or any caretakers to help them get on with life, Most homeless youth lack the life skills to move on by themselves in life (Covenant House Toronto)Homeless youth (13-24) make up approximately 20% of the homeless population in Canada.In a survey conducted in Toronto, 40 percent of youth who were homeless were 16 or younger (Without A Home: The National Youth Homelessness Survey. Toronto: Canadian Observatory on Homelessness Press. Covenant House Toronto)It’s hard for youth to get a paying job while they are on the streetsOver 75 percent of youth on the streets are unemployed (Covenant House Toronto)Cannot afford education costs to attend a college or universityWith no fixed address it’s hard to them to even enroll in a schoolWith no family or friends to turn to it’s hard for them to get up and start pushing forward in lifeFinding job opportunities will be much more harder than ever beforeWithout a decent paying job, having a family will be even more difficultYou won’t enjoy your life as much as you could’veYou won’t find happiness as easily as you could before