Contacts: Holly Rollins,
Horatio Alger Association
(August 8, 2012, WASHINGTON, D.C.) The Horatio Alger Association of Distinguished Americans, Inc., in collaboration with Hart Research Associates and NORC at the University of Chicago, announced the 2012-2013 State of Our Nation’s Youth survey results today at the Newseum. The comprehensive national study examines the perceptions and aspirations of 1,500 of today’s young people ages 14 to 23. The report reflects the experiences of today’s high school students and high school graduates and offers insights into how their responses characterize the state of our country. The report explores the views of young Americans on politics, family, the economy, relationships, life goals, spirituality, education, and the transition from high school into college and careers.
“A key priority of the Horatio Alger Association’s educational mission is to better understand the issues facing young people,” Executive Director Terrence J. Giroux said. “The 2012 survey not only provides valuable insights into how we can help young people to succeed, but it also highlights encouraging trends in how young people are shaping the future of our country.”
For the first time in the survey’s history, the Association welcomed NORC at the University of Chicago to contribute to the report in collaboration with Hart Research Associates. The 2012 State of Our Nation’s Youth report is the 11th edition in the series conducted by the Horatio Alger Association and the seventh survey completed in coordination with Hart Research Associates.
2012-2013 State of Our Nation’s Youth report highlights include:
Increased Optimism about the Nation's Future
Declining Interest in Presidential Politics, Increased Concern over the Economy
Young People Get Their News Online, Finding More Bullying in Social Media
Transition from High School to College
Improved Grades and Increasing Desire to Continue Education
High School and College Unemployment
Private Sector Interest and Self-Efficacy
The State of Our Nation’s Youth reports are part of the Horatio Alger Association’s research initiatives focused on identifying and addressing key issues facing American youth. The results also help to inform the Association’s educational programs on behalf of young people at risk.
Founded in 1971, Hart Research Associates is one of the leading survey research firms in the United States and has been at the cutting edge of change in the field of public opinion for more than three decades. In that time, Hart Research has conducted well over 5,000 public opinion surveys, has administered and analyzed interviews among more than three million individuals, and has undertaken more than 5,000 focus group sessions.
NORC at the University of Chicago is an independent research organization with more than 70 years of leadership and experience in data collection, analysis, and dissemination. NORC supports a national field staff and international research operations collaborating with governments, educational and nonprofit organizations, and businesses to provide data and analysis that support informed decision-making in health, education, economics, crime, justice, energy, security, and the environment.
Founded in 1947, the Horatio Alger Association of Distinguished Americans celebrates those individuals in our society whose determination and hard work have enabled them to overcome life’s obstacles to achieve success. As a 501 (c) (3) nonprofit, the Association provides college scholarships and mentorship to at-risk students who demonstrate courage in the face of adversity and dedication to pursuing higher education. The Horatio Alger Association has awarded almost $100 million to nearly 20,000 Scholars since the inception of its scholarship programs in 1984.