In North Texas, there is an overwhelming shortage of services for at-risk youth that guide and prepare them for success as adults. As these young people progress through their teenage years, the risk factors in their lives skyrocket while the resources available to them diminish. They often face enormous hurdles such as homelessness, incarceration, suicide, pregnancy, gang affiliation, forced prostitution, substance abuse, joblessness, and hunger. At each stage of their development, they fall behind their more affluent peers. They enter adulthood without reliable support systems or basic life-skills and are likely to disconnect from society. This hurts young people, their families, and their communities.