Although it is easy to imagine the state of Idaho as being a naturally peaceful, beautiful, and welcoming place, the hard truth is this: we have one of the highest instances of children with ACE scores of 3 or higher in the United States.

In fact, according to a 2014 study published by Child Trends, only 4 states in the nation have a greater prevalence of children with ACE scores of 3 or higher, and the most commonly reported ACEs in Idaho are economic hardshipdivorcealcohol, and mental illness.

Here's how Idaho stacks up against the national data: 

  •  National: 
    • 0 ACES = 54%
    • 1 to 2 ACEs = 35 %
    • 3 or More = 11%
  • Idaho: 
    • 0 ACES = 50%
    • 1 to 2 ACEs = 35 %
    • 3 or More = 15% 

For the young people who call Idaho home, these numbers do not represent problems without solutions. There is a lot we can do to make our community just as peaceful, beautiful, and welcoming as we want it to be.

Learn more about how Idaho Youth Ranch can help.