Facts & Stats
Children and youth who grow up living in distressed households face many obstacles.
Being in a safe, peaceful, and tranquil environment like Northern is essential to healing from the challenges and trauma our young people have experienced.
- The poverty rate in Philadelphia is 24.34%, second only to Detroit as the poorest of large U.S. cities - the overall poverty rate in the United States is 14.4%. For black people in Philadelphia, the poverty rates for the Latinx community (37.4%), and the Black community (29.23%). (The Pew Charitable Trusts, 2022)
- Mental health experts estimate that 1 in 6 children ages 2-8 has a diagnosed mental, behavioral or developmental issue. Additionally, mental health visits for children ages 5-18 increased exponentially in 2020, the first year of the pandemic. (Romero, 2022)
- "In the first half of 2021 alone, children's hospitals reported cases of self-injury and suicide in ages 5-17 at a 45% higher rate than during the same timeframe in 2019, and, for children under 13, the suicide rate is twice that for black children than for white children." (Benton, 2022)
- According to the National Coalition for Child Protective Reform, Philadelphia has the highest rate of child removal in the country, among the country's 10 largest cities.
- As of April 2022, Philadelphia has recorded more than 300,000 COVID-19 cases and over 5,000 deaths since the virus was first detected in Philadelphia in March 2020. (The Pew Charitable Trusts, 2022)
- 44% of high school students suffering from behavioral health issues drop out of school.
- 70% of children and teenagers in the juvenile justice system have a diagnosable mental health disorder.
Healthy development is the path we seek at Northern for every child and youth.