Connected by 25: At-Risk Youth in the Research Triangle
As part of the Connected by 25 initiative occurring in North Carolina’s Research Triangle, South by North Strategies analyzed the economic and social characteristics of young adults (ages 15-24) at risk of not making a successful transition to adulthood.
Using census and other public data sources, South by North Strategies built a framework of demographic, health, criminal and juvenile justice, employment, income, and educational indicators. The data provided the foundation for the 2008 report Disconnected Youth in the Research Triangle Region: An Ominous Problem Hidden in Plain Sight.
Data were assembled for the eight counties that constitute North Carolina’s Research Triangle. Indicators for Durham County received a second, more in-depth analysis, and for that county, the share of the youth population at high risk for disconnection was calculated.