All young people have the potential to succeed in life and contribute to society. However, not all children have the support they need to thrive. An astounding 17.6 million young people, nearly half the population between 10 and 18 years of age live in situations that put them at risk of not living up to their potential. Many parents of Memphis City Schools’ students would welcome a little extra support from other caring adults to help counter the many negative influences their children experience daily. More than 70 percent of Memphis City Schools’ students are from families headed by single female heads of households and live in communities considered to be socially and/or economically challenged.Without immediate intervention by caring adults, these children could make choices that not only undermine their own futures, but, ultimately, also undermine the economic and social well being of our city.
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