Each generation has high hopes for the next, but it takes more than hope to guide our youth along the paths of happiness and prosperity. The distractions facing today's young people are stronger and more influential than ever before, so it is crucial that we provide the proper tools and opportunities for their development into responsible adults. All of us, when we were young, made mistakes and bad decisions - This is one of the ways we learn. However, there are some young people who are simply disadvantaged. They dont' have the critical support or guidance needed to face those life-altering decisions.
Fortunately, an effort is under way in Fort Smith that will provide stability and guidance for those who need it most, those who are most vulnerable, the next generation. The "Mallalieu" building served honorably for many years as a haven for those seeking spiritual salvation. Today it will be resurrected as a new haven where our youth will benefit not only from physical activities but personal mentoring, encouragement, and opportunities to communicate with educated people around the world. The "Mallalieu" building will be a powerhouse of activity and provide the positive influence our disadvantaged young people so desperately need.
30% of high school students fail to graduate from high school
35% of high school students drop out due to failing grades
25% of all students read below basic levels
36.5$ of 12th graders read below basic levels
68% of high school students are not ready for college
By establishing leadership programs for the youth of our community, we will instill a sense of belonging and responsibility. The statistics for high school dropouts are appalling. These programs wil give our youth a chance to succeed and see their full potential.
"BOSS" That I Am
Financial Fitness for Life
3 R's - Rigorous, Relationships, Relevant
Real World Learning
Wall Street - Bears & Bulls
Economic Crash & Burn
There is an average of 18 youth homicide victims per day in the US
Homicide is the second leading cause of death for persons 15-24 years of age
Street Gang presence at schools has increased from 15.3% of 28.4%
Teens 16-19 are3.5 times more likely than the general population to be victims of rape
One in two rape victims is under the age of 18
Arts, language and theatre play a vital role in today's culture. We want to take this as an opportunity to open the eyes of our youth and offer them new outlets.
Writers Guild - My Story
Performance at Night
CSI - Fort Smith
Tap Tap Tap
Alcohol is the leading cause of death among youth
Alcohol kills 6.5 times as many young people as all illicit drugs combined
Youth people who begin drinking before age 15 are four times more likely to develop alcoholism
Eight young people die a day in alcohol-related crashes 3% of US children have tried inhalents by the time they reach fourth grade
Students who are drinking alcohol by 7th grade are more likely to report academic problems
Illicit Teen Drug Use
8th Grade - 30.3%
10th Grade - 44.9%
12th Grade - 52.8%
Health & wellness play an important role in all of our lives. not only is it important to keep our minds healthy and active, but our bodies as well. If we impress this on today's youth, we will notice a drop in the use of drugs and alcohol in the future.
The Viruses Are Coming
The BOD - Creating the Human Body
PIP - Partners in Prevention
One in six teenage victims of violence reported to the incident happened in their own homes
In 2002, approximately 896,000 children were found to be victims of child abuse or neglect
More than 40.25% of children fatalities are attributed to neglect and physical abuse
Through well-planned programs, we as a community will be ablet o combat many issues our young people face. Abuse is a prevalent problem today and we believe that by educating our youth we can give them the tools to help conquer and solve this problem.
P.O. Box 11361
Fort Smith, AR 72927
Please make all checks out to the "Howard Foundation"