Improving the Well-Being of Adolescents in Oregon
Oregon has long been a model state for enacting policies that invest in and protect our natural environment. Oregon has an additional resource that we must protect and nurture as well—the wellbeing of our children and youth. This requires that we invest in ensuring that our social environments are as healthy as possible—the family, school, and community environments in which we raise our young people.
This document reviews the status of youth well-being in Oregon and the costs to
society of youth problem behaviors, and highlights specific evidence-based
programs, policies, and practices that strengthen families, schools, and
communities and promote healthy youth development.