Risks by Ethnicity

Kara Powell | Oct 20, 2009

Photo by Perry Grone

Anyone who follows statistics knows they can end up distorted. They often end up misquoted and misinterpreted. So please take any statistical finding, including those from FYI, with a grain of salt.

With that caveat, I am intrigued by this list of various risk behaviors for ninth-twelfth graders broken down by ethnicity from the Center for Disease Control (CDC). Whether your ministry or family is just one race, or a mixture of a few races, this sort of data can help us think about the unique challenges of the teenagers we know.

Kara Powell

Dr. Kara Powell is the Executive Director of the Fuller Youth Institute (FYI), a faculty member at Fuller Theological Seminary, and Fuller's Chief of Leadership Formation. Named by Christianity Today as one of “50 Women You Should Know,” Kara serves as a Youth and Family Strategist for Orange, and also speaks regularly at parenting and leadership conferences. Kara is the author or coauthor of a number of books, including Growing Young, Growing With, The Sticky Faith Guide for Your Family, Sticky Faith Curriculum, Can I Ask That?, Deep Justice Journeys, Deep Justice in a Broken World, Deep Ministry in a Shallow World, and the Good Sex Youth Ministry Curriculum. Kara lives with her husband Dave and their three children, Nathan, Krista, and Jessica, in Southern California.


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