The Issues

Understand the community issues affecting Milwaukee's youth the most.

In 2015

42%

of Milwaukee children under the age of 18 lived in poverty.
  • 86% of kids whose parents have less than a high school diploma live in low-income families.
  • 52% of the Milwaukee population is considered economically distressed, ranking 7th in the U.S.
  • 80% of African-American children in Wisconsin live in poor households, compared with roughly 66% Latino children and 30% of white children.
Up to

500

youth experience homelessness each night in Milwaukee.
  • 34% of the total homeless population is under 24.
  • Approximately 40% of homeless teens identify as LGBT.
  • Over 50% of young people in shelters and on the streets report that their parents told them to leave or knew they were leaving and didn't care.
In 2015

4,155

Milwaukee students experienced homelessness.
Studies have shown students experiencing housing instability are:
  • 2x more likely to have learning disabilities.
  • 2x more likely to repeat a grade.
  • 4x more likely to drop our of school.
Milwaukee ranks 

Top 5

nationally as a hub for youth human trafficking.
  • 79% of human trafficking cases reported in Wisconsin occur in the City of Milwaukee.
  • 78% of youth bought and sold by human traffickers in Milwaukee are African American.
  • The average age a girl is groomed and sold for sex is 13.
In 2015

42%

of Milwaukee children under the age of 18 lived in poverty.
  • 86% of kids whose parents have less than a high school diploma live in low-income families.
  • 52% of the Milwaukee population is considered economically distressed, ranking 7th in the U.S.
  • 80% of African-American children in Wisconsin live in poor households, compared with roughly 66% Latino children and 30% of white children.
Up to

500

youth experience homelessness each night in Milwaukee.
  • 34% of the total homeless population is under 24.
  • Approximately 40% of homeless teens identify as LGBT.
  • Over 50% of young people in shelters and on the streets report that their parents told them to leave or knew they were leaving and didn't care.
In 2015

4,155

Milwaukee students experienced homelessness.
Studies have shown students experiencing housing instability are:
  • 2x more likely to have learning disabilities.
  • 2x more likely to repeat a grade.
  • 4x more likely to drop our of school.
Milwaukee ranks 

Top 5

nationally as a hub for youth human trafficking.
  • 79% of human trafficking cases reported in Wisconsin occur in the City of Milwaukee.
  • 78% of youth bought and sold by human traffickers in Milwaukee are African American.
  • The average age a girl is groomed and sold for sex is 13.