Historically excluded youth suffer from significant disparities in health and wellbeing yet do not benefit from research or innovative interventions to the same extent as other youth. Historically excluded youth include youth marginalized by homelessness, being pushed out of school, sexual minority status, racism, poverty, immigration, and other factors. These social determinants of health not only affect youth by limiting their access to opportunity but can also get embedded into their physical body through toxic stress.
i4Y is committed to describing the effects of the social determinants of health on the health and wellbeing of historically excluded youth. Additionally, i4Y strives to understand how these social determinants can be modified to provide youth with the scaffolding to transition into successful adults. i4Y collaborates with community stakeholders to pilot, evaluate and disseminate structural interventions that address youth inequities in real-world settings.