“In San Francisco there are 8,000 16-24 year-olds who are disconnected from employment, education, and the social supports they need to transition to adulthood.” -Department of Children, Youth and their Families, San Francisco

These disconnected youth are at-risk for a number of negative outcomes, including substantial periods of unemployment, homelessness, involvement with the criminal justice system and poverty.


During the recent recession, nationwide unemployment reached 8-9% overall, but unemployment among young adults (ages 16-24) hit the highest levels ever recorded — 24% for all youth nationally!

Lack of Education

On average, high-school dropouts earn 27 percent less than high-school graduates, and 58 percent less than college graduates. The majority of youth that come to New Door have dropped out of high school.

Foster Care

When youth in foster care turn 18, (approximately 5,000 youth annually in California), they are suddenly on their own and without a home, financial support, educational attainment or the life-skills needed to help them find and sustain employment. Research suggests that one third of former foster youth have incomes at or below $6,000 per year, which is substantially below the 2011 federal poverty level of $10,890 for a single individual.

Criminal Justice System Involvement

The annual cost of maintaining one person in the California justice system for one year costs $48,536 and the state recidivism rate (that percentage of people who commit another crime after being released) for youth in California is 57%. This means that the majority of youth who have been involved in the criminal justice system reoffend.

Without intervention, both our youth and our communities suffer.

Of the Youth at New Door:

32% have been in foster care

46% have prior involvement with the justice system

51% have dropped out of high school

54% have a history of homelessness

77% have a history of substance abuse

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