I think each area is slightly different, the problems are the same but how to tackle it would be a little different, i am from Ohio also but schooled and raised here also so i know both states and the differances can be striking when looked at closely, fact of the matter is values are basiclly the same throughout the country which is the groundwork for a strong family, even a single parent family or multi extended families, the values stays the same.
I see so many oblivious lost kids walking around clueless to common sense and values of work, we were like that once, thing is, we grew up and made life changing choices and goals based on what our mothers and fathers taught us and stuck by them until finished, kids these day, everything is a flop, it is however they feel at the moment and you can't hurt their feeling or they will call DSS or the cops on you, nothing is real to them, when you try to talk about real things they freak out, we can't reprimand them anymore.
Your line about, " I see so many obviously lost kids walking around........... brought something to mind. Back when we (us older folks in our 50s, 60s, 70s etc.) had people we could use as role models. Our Movie heroes, sports heroes, politicians, friends, adults, parents were there for us. Sure some were struggling with something, but it wasn't as rampant and accepted as it is today. Politicians steal, cheat, lie, do drugs and they cry and ask you to forgive them. Sports heroes do the same, they hit their wives, girlfriends, and others and do drugs and blame it on the " other part" of their lives that make for a stressful life and want you to accept that it was the stress that caused them to do the drugs etc.. I think you know where I am going with this. It seems that there is no longer anyone willing to stand up and say " HEY I CAUSED THIS" it wasn't you, them or they, it was ME. I'm to blame and I am here to take full responsibility and blame for my actions.
This is what kids need to see and hear. Not the blame passing and blame shuffling. As I have been doing for several years now I pray for a time that we never have to hear the word Cancer again and I pray that people start saying " It's my fault, I realize that and now I need your help to see me through this tough time while I rectify the problem and need your prayers to do this.
Responsibility when taken can go a long way to show others how much better they can feel about themselves. Thanks for letting me vent. JM2CW.