Identity works with more than 10,000 youth and their families, benefiting tens of thousands of residents of Montgomery County, Maryland.
Identity’s primary focus is on Latino youth and their families who live in high poverty areas of the county. With our partners, we serve all youth who need help. For more information on the Identity community, see our latest Evaluation Report.
The youth and families in our programs demonstrate tremendous resilience in the face of tremendous challenges. For instance, 4 out of 10 have been separated from one or both of their parents because of immigration issues at some time in their lives. Worse yet, these are not short separations: the average length of time that youth reported having been separated from their parents was seven years.
Roll over the numbers to reveal some of the biggest challenges affecting youth in our programs.
…of students in Identity’s school-based programs report receiving Free and Reduced Meals (FARMS).
…of foreign-born youth have been in the U.S. less than 1 year; 83% have been here less than 5 years.
… separated from one or both parents at some point due to immigration issues.
…of youth under age 18 lived in a single parent home; 15% lived in a restructured family.
We also serve the parents of youth in our programs.
The vast majority of our parents are first-generation immigrants, and they face challenges and barriers that directly impact their children’s ability to succeed in school and in life.
Among a group of 450 Identity parents who were recently surveyed, 9 in 10 said they were foreign born and 8 in 10 said they did not feel comfortable speaking English. Five out of 10 had less than a high-school education, and 55% of this group reported completing less than 8th grade. We address these challenges and are dedicated to interrupting the intergenerational cycle of poverty.
For more insights about those we serve, as well as program outcomes that demonstrate how we are making a difference and helping youth and families fulfill their potential, please see our 2020-2021 Annual Evaluation Report.