Throughout the nation, our youth are in trouble. More than a third of the youth in the U.S. are overweight or obese, and more than 20% of parents report conversations about their children’s mental health. Studies have shown that children living in high-need neighborhoods are less likely to have the positive influences and resources to avoid negative behaviors, such as smoking, drug and alcohol abuse, unprotected sex, violence, bullying, non-communicable diseases, and other risk factors. IM40 wants to change that.
IM40 is a statewide partnership between United Way of Delaware and AstraZeneca. By centering on youth ages 12 – 15, IM40 can help them make better decisions, lead healthier lives and achieve academic success. IM40 stands for ‘I am 40 assets.’ The 40 developmental assets are grouped into eight categories: support, empowerment, boundaries & expectations, constructive use of time, commitment to learning, positive values, social competencies and positive identity. By bringing these assets into high-need areas throughout Delaware through after school and community programming, we can change their future.