Given how quickly the brain develops during early life and adolescence, the building of human and social capital must begin at a young age. Additionally, early development of health, cognitive, and non-cognitive talents results in increased return on investment for subsequent investments. Investments in programs geared toward children and youth therefore assist socioeconomic growth by laying a solid foundation. The total annual harm to society in many nations is in the range of a few percentage points of GDP. Rough calculations reveal that society suffers losses from avoidable dangerous behaviors that total billions of dollars. For instance, a variety of unfavorable juvenile behaviors in Latin America and the Caribbean lower economic growth by up to 2% annually. These figures do not account for intangible costs like psychological suffering, deteriorating health, decreased civic engagement, or generational repercussions.