There are 350,000 disconnected youths in the New York metro area -- greater than the national average -- whose lives are very different from their peers. These teens and young adults find themselves isolated from society; they're on the outside looking in.
The question is, how can we empower and motivate children to keep exercising throughout their teen years? One way to get kids off the couch is to reach them where they already spend their time -- online.
Like the waves that crash on its beaches, time after time over its 100-year history Coney Island and its amusement parks have been razed to the ground by fire and flood, only to rise like a phoenix from the ashes and return bigger and better than ever.
The challenges that stand before young people as they emerge into a weak employment market have been well-documented. Perhaps less attention has been paid to the uphill battle that young people without a high school degree or GED face.