The data below is taken from the Children’s Defense Fund Research Library 2014 Statistics, Each Day in America.

ISSUE
LIFE-SKILL
RELATED SCRIPTURE
Every day 4,028 children are arrested; every day 16,244 students are suspended from public school.INTRO skill: Discernment and assessing a situation before getting involved, while using self -discipline will enable children to not get into trouble-laden situations Ephesians 1:18,
Ephesians 6:10 - 18
I Kings 6:8 - 23
Every day 5 children or teens commit suicide. Suicidal behaviors, depression and self-destructive behaviors are on the rise among children and youth.Life-Skill #1: Assists children and youth in self-care, self-understanding, self-respect and self-esteem. Luke 10:27, Psalm 139:13-17, John 3:16
Everyday 16,244 students are suspended from public schools. Every day 2,857 high school students drop out. Pornography is becoming mainstream and target children, youth Life-Skill #2 teaches children and youth to think responsibly, realistically, critically, honestly, biblically, and in preparation for academic success. Ephesians 4:23, Philippians 4:8, Proverbs 16:3, Philippians 4:13
Every day 187 youth are arrested for a violent crime. Negative influences of the media and peer pressure are destroying our children and youth.Life-Skill #3 helps youth and children to establish biblical values and understand how to set goals and make good decisions.
Statistics on good health and well being are much higher among those who pray and participate in a faith community.Life-Skill #4 helps youth experience God, develop a relationship with Him through Christ, understand His Word, and share in Christian fellowship and a variety of wholesome activities.II Corinthians 5:17-18, Ephesians 2:8 & 9
Every day 4,408 babies are born to unmarried mothers, 847 babies are born to teen mothers.Life-Skill #5 helps youth understand and manage their sexuality: body, mind, spirit, whole being.I Corinthians 6:19-20
Unemployment rates for African American males are three times higher than for European American males and three times more black children live in poverty than white children.

Among all persons experiencing unemployment and/or poverty, there tends to be a higher level of ill health, developmental disabilities, stress, and emotional difficulties.
Life-Skill #6 helps youth engage life issues of vocation, politics, economics and other social situations.Joshua 1:8 & 9; Proverbs 10:29 & 12:27; Romans 12:1
Child neglect, abuse, and family violence can cause children and youth to experience developmental delays, learning disabilities, and emotional problems. Every day 1,837 children are confirmed as abused or neglectedLife-Skill # 7 encourages wholesome relationships with friends, family, co-workers, and others in responsible, respectful and caring ways.Luke 10:27-37; Proverbs 16:7; Luke 6:27-45
Every day 7 youth are killed by guns; and, 487 youth are arrested for violent crimes. Violence in the media, road rage, sports rage, and other such behaviors are a growing menace in our world.Life-Skill #8 helps youth with anger management, understanding and managing their various feelings in constructive ways.Psalm 119:11,
Romans 12: 1 & 2
There is an epidemic of overeating among children, youth, and adults. Every day 408 youth are arrested for drug crimes. Life-Skill #9 helps youth understand and avoid addictive and unwholesome elements in life: drugs, alcohol, overeating, junk food, poor use of the Internet/music/videos/DVDs/movies, etc. It encourages fresh air, exercise and good positive life style habits.Galatians 5:22-23, II Timothy 1:7, Romans 12:1&2