There is a big change from grade 6 to 8. Even bigger grade 4 to 10. Awareness of social distinctions is major, not everyone can afford those cool things on TV or live in a home with a living room, or with a roof overhead. Some 3.5 million children live in families with less than $2 a day, says the book $2 a Day: Living on Almost Nothing in America. BLS stats show Labor participation rate, all ages white male 66.5%, black male 60.7%. Maybe a look at children born to single mothers is a better indicator, 70.1% for black women, 35.8% for white, 29% for Hispanic origin, (cdc.gov, Jan 2017). Also gangs and participation in gang life increases with age, as does violence. We used to have city recreation departments with activities for after school youth. Now we are too poor? Mean Average household income is over $100,000 a year, we are too poor. Median is $56,617. Maybe 28% live in households with income of 140% of poverty – not enough to afford some necessities. Forty percent of households with incomes below $40,000 report not going to a doctor in past year because of unaffordable expense (a report from the Fed, FRB, Household Well-Being in 2015).