Support the Agenda For America’s Youth

Why we need to take Action:

Today, Boys & Girls Clubs of America has released their Agenda for America’s Youth, a plan for action that we believe will help our society address and provide solutions to many of the most pressing issues for youth. 


  • In Multnomah County, 16.4% of our population lives below poverty level.
  • 22.2% of youth aged 16-19 in Oregon are unemployed
  • 46.2% of Oregon adults experienced 2 or more adverse childhood experiences
  • 21% of teens don’t graduate high school.
  • 20.5% of Oregon students are chronically absent from school

Oregon is ranked: 

  • 31st nationally on food insecurity. 
  • 47th for affordable housing nationally. 
  • 42nd for kids living in foster care.


  • 1 in 5 adults experience mental illness in a given year 
  • 4.5 million young people aren’t in school and don’t have a job 
  • Only 34% of students strongly agree they will graduate with skills needed to be successful in the job market. 
  • It’s estimated that 1 in 8 Americans is food insecure, including more than 12 million children. 
  • 11.3 million children are without supervision between 3-6pm 
  • 19.4 million youth could be enrolled in after-school programs, but don’t have one available.