Adolescence is a time of increased health challenges for young people, including an emerging sexual identity and behavior, more risk-taking and exposure to health risks, and social and family pressures. As they navigate the transition from childhood to adulthood, adolescents are often faced with responsibilities and decisions that they may not be fully prepared for. And, they may face these decisions without accurate information and comprehensive services. At-risk youth are also frequently missing an important social safety net to help them through this tumultuous time.
Adolescence is also a time when behaviors become habits and risks can be life-changing:
There are over 500,000 orphans in Russia, and only 10% of orphans who leave care are able to fully adapt to independent living, with 2% entering university, compared to 45% of young people who grow up living with their families.
Founded in 2002, Galaxy Fund is run by Russian organisation Stellit and implements programs to ensure that young people living in care are better equipped for independent life, more likely to secure employment, and better able to avoid situations that put them at risk of exploitation. Their programs include sexual and reproductive health education, life skills training, knowledge about trafficking and access to emotional support.
Our Underwriters pay for all of our administrative and fundraising costs, so 100% of your donation goes directly to empowering at-risk youth.