Young people feel hopeful and prepared for the future.
Today’s youth are committed to societal change and passionate about social justice issues that continue to top headlines.
Echoing national youth mental health data and following years of pandemic disruption, young people continue to face challenges with social dynamics and in-person learning, stress management and problem-solving.
Academically, slightly more than half of teens report being on track to graduate on time, with nearly half facing some level of risk. Yet they remain ambitious about their path to secondary education, with the majority expecting to go to some form of college.
The impact of social media and being back in the classroom creates challenges for young people — from managing stress and problem-solving, to navigating bullying and peer relationships.
7 out of 10 youth (70%) say when something important goes wrong in their life, they can’t stop worrying about it. And 67% of youth say they try to keep people from finding out about the problem.
More than a quarter of youth (28%) say they aren’t able to stay calm when they’re stressed.
40% of youth say they were bullied on school property in the past year. Of those, 38% didn’t tell an adult.
18% of youth say they have experienced cyberbullying in the past year. Of those, 55% didn’t tell an adult.
37% of youth say they have skipped a day of school in the last month.
Nearly half (47%) of youth say if they don’t understand something right away, they stop trying to understand.
*Data points marked with an asterisk represent Boys & Girls Clubs of America’s 2022 Teen Survey (sample size: 600+ teens). All other teen-specific data represents Boys & Girls Clubs of America's 2023 National Youth Outcomes Initiative Member Survey, youth ages 13+ (sample size 33,000+ teens).
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