Values are an individual's personal standards they choose to live by. By setting high personal values, an individual is able to live a life or productivity and abstain from negative behaviors. Core values such as, integrity, hard work, and diligence are all standards a productive and proactive person implements in their life. If a person fails to live by values such as these, they are likely to develop negative habits and engage in self-destructing behaviors.

Unfortunately, many young people possess a poor and underdeveloped value system. Young men and women prioritize their values based on their personal interests. rather than focusing on important issues such as school or career goals, many troubled young people put their efforts into things like friendships, having fun, and even harmful substances such as drugs and alcohol. Furthermore, in order for a young person to truly meet their full potential, they must first possess a strong value system to live by.