Teen Voice 2010: Relationships That Matter to America's Teens

Teen Voice 2010: Relationships That Matter to America's Teens

Only 20 percent of 15-year-olds in the United States have the kind of meaningful relationships with adults beyond their family that can help them succeed in life, a new report from the Search Institute and the Best Buy Children's Foundation's @15 program finds. Based on a survey of more than 1,800 15-year-olds, the report, Teen Voice 2010: Relationships That Matter to America's Teens (60 pages, PDF), examines teens' engagement with their passions and interests; the opportunities they have to influence things that matter to them; and their access to high-quality resources and relationships that help them nurture their strengths. The report found that 80 percent of respondents said they have at least one passionate interest that gives their life meaning, focus, energy, and joy. At the same time, only 51 percent of teens scored highly in the "passions and interests" category, indicating that a significant number of teens are not fully engaging with the issues they care about most. And overall, only 7 percent of teens scored highly in all three areas.