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