Youth at Risk programs are dedicated to mentoring and transforming the lives of young people in communities around the world.
A 1984 study of the Breakthrough Foundation Youth At Risk Program by Metametrics Inc. concluded that "The Youth at Risk Program group had an overall subsequent incident recidivism rate of 34.7 percent, compared to 55.1 percent for the comparison group. The overall serious offense recidivism rate (18.4 percent) was less than half that of the comparison group (40.8 percent). Evaluation conclusions are that the Youth at Risk Program has had a profound impact on the 155 youth participants."
"I got an opportunity to work with Youth at Risk, which program continues to today, to see what happened with young gang kids when they got the possibility of making a difference in other people's lives. I saw what that did with them and how committed they became to that possibility...When you can leave behind the way you wound up being, when you are free to choose beyond the way you wound up being that is a very powerful experience." - Werner Erhard at University of Pennsylvania, 2016 Watch the full video interview (scroll down on page)
In 1988 Werner Erhard was presented the Mahatma Gandhi Humanitarian Award:
“In honor of your notable effort to end the starvation and hunger suffered by millions throughout the world and for drawing broad public awareness to the value of integrity in our everyday lives.”