Status: Baseline only


Increase the proportion of adolescents who have an adult in their lives with whom they can talk about serious problems

Baseline: 79.0 percent of adolescents aged 12 to 17 years had an adult in their lives with whom they could talk about serious problems in 2018

Target: 82.9 percent

Target Setting Method
Percentage point improvement


Adolescents who have an adult to confide in are less likely to take part in risky behaviors. Taking steps to prevent these behaviors is important because they’re linked to many chronic health problems later in life. Evidence shows that mentoring programs are an effective way to improve behavioral, social, emotional, and academic outcomes in adolescents.