KIDS COUNT Adds New Dataset on Youth and Young Adults

Posted September 12, 2021
By the Annie E. Casey Foundation
Update youthandyoungadult 2021

As part of an increased focus on teens and young adults, the KIDS COUNT® Data Cen­ter has added a suite of data on the health and well-being of youth ages 14 to 24. The dataset con­tains more than 60 indi­ca­tors on top­ics rang­ing from employ­ment, pover­ty and edu­ca­tion to health, men­tal health, and fam­i­ly and com­mu­ni­ty fac­tors. Many of these indi­ca­tors are avail­able by race and eth­nic­i­ty or fam­i­ly nativ­i­ty, as well, high­light­ing endur­ing inequities for youth of color.

This impor­tant addi­tion to the KIDS COUNT Data Cen­ter comes at a time when the effects of the COVID-19 pan­dem­ic threat­en to under­cut the last decade of eco­nom­ic and aca­d­e­m­ic gains made by youth in Amer­i­ca, even though the pre-pan­dem­ic progress was uneven across demo­graph­ic groups and regions. It also comes at a time when youth men­tal health is reach­ing a cri­sis point. Pri­or to the pan­dem­ic, mil­lions of young peo­ple already were strug­gling with men­tal health issues, such as anx­i­ety, depres­sion and feel­ings of hope­less­ness, and recent data indi­cate that the last two years have exac­er­bat­ed these chal­lenges for teens and young adults.

To help advo­cates, pol­i­cy­mak­ers, ser­vice providers and oth­ers under­stand how youth expe­ri­ences vary in dif­fer­ent regions of the coun­try, the KIDS COUNT data are pro­vid­ed by state and, when avail­able, by ter­ri­to­ry, city and con­gres­sion­al district.

Spot­lights From the Dataset

Access all youth and young adult data on the KIDS COUNT Data Cen­ter, and learn more about the chal­lenges fac­ing youth, as well as oppor­tu­ni­ties to sup­port them, in the Annie E. Casey Foundation’s Thrive by 25 announce­ment.

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