Social Challenges of High School in Vancouver
From ages 13 to 19 years of age, our teenagers go through what can be considered the most awkward stages of their growth. During this time, teens face an overwhelming amount of both physical and emotional pressures, which can help to shape them. During this time, our teens may need additional support to help them learn to deal with the societal challenges they may experience in high school.
Racism continues to be a major problem for teenagers in North America. There are a growing number of schools that have a 90 percent or higher population of students who are considered to be racial minorities – and not all of these schools have the budget or resources to provide our teens with quality education on racism and the issues that follow it.
Drug and alcohol abuse is likely considered to be one of the most common social issues facing our teens. According to one survey, as many as 39 percent of teenagers reported drinking alcohol within the last 30 days, and 22 percent engaged in binge drinking.
More than 329,000 births in 2011 were to teenage parents. Teen pregnancy is a huge statistic that affects a large number of students when it comes to their schooling and their health. Teenage moms have the highest likelihood of dropping out of school, and only half of teen moms end up getting their diploma.
Economic issues also put more of a strain on our teens than we may think. When school funding takes a hit, important social groups such as clubs or non-academic programs within schools are often the first to be cut. These cuts cause many students to lose out on important social education in subjects of their interest and with their peers.
These are just a few of the many issues that our teens may face in their high school years. No matter if they are facing any of the above issues, or something unique to them, it is important that we provide appropriate support and mentorship for them.