Iroquois High School celebrated the kickoff to Positive Youth Development Week Monday morning.

Activities are focused on empowering members of the community to spend time with the youth around them, as well as family bonding events.

Every youth needs at least 5 positive adult relationships in their lives to help them become more successful, according to Positive Youth Development leaders.

48 percent of youth in Erie County have low neighborhood attachments and are at a higher risk of becoming involved in risky activity, according to Positive Youth Development coordinator Abigail Biebel.

Studies show benefits among youth who have strong adult relationships. They include increased academic behavior, increased social- emotional growth and learning, and a reduced engagement in a variety of high-risk behaviors.