To echo many on here, I very much appreciate the intentions of this program, but I completely agree with a number of commenters. What is the reason for keeping this gender exclusive?
Just because of the shocking statistics cited below by Oscar regarding drop out rates and delinquency? There are myriad factors equally affecting young women and girls, especially in the at-risk youth population. (For every 1,000 teenage girls in South L.A., there are about 58 teen births., and how about domestic abuse and violence)
There are problems that affect any segment of the population, and if we continue to tell young women and girls that there are opportunities of which they cannot be part of, we continue to send a dangerous message that supports the artificial divide our society has created between genders. Even the title of this article completely generalizes the term "youth", when it is exclusive to young men and boys.