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  • 1. TEENVOICE2009 » OVERVIEW THE 15-YEAR-OLDS UNTAPPED STRENGTH OF What happens at age 15 has a lot to say about teens’ success in school and beyond. Teen Voice 2009, a new report by the Search Institute, and sponsored by Best Buy Children’s Foundation, introduces three concepts that have potential to set or keep 15-year-olds on a positive course at this critical time in their life. This report, which is based on a national study of 1,817 fifteen-year-olds, is part of Best Buy @15, a platform to connect with teens, listen to what they have to say about the world, give voice to their perspectives, and invest Best Buy’s resources to support teen efforts to lead social change. Key Findings • Sparks, which are individual talents, passions or gifts that give teens energy, motivation, focus and joy, are critical to teen’s well being. Yet, while 66% of teens surveyed can identify at least one spark for themselves, fewer than half who know their spark have much spark support beyond their family. • Teen Voice Index (TVI), a new measure of teen engagement in social issues, found 18% of youth scored high, indicating significant opportunities to help young people find their voice and contribute to their communities. Teens with high TVI scores are at least three times as likely as those with low scores to see civic engagement as important, hold prosocial values and have a sense of hopeful purpose for the future. DISPLAY A Teens Who Score High on 3 Key Strengths 66% 18% 12% Know They Score High Score High Have a Spark on the TVI on the ROI 80 70
  • 2. TEENVOICE2009 • Relationships and Opportunities Index (ROI) is a new measure to track three THE elements that significantly help teens: being valued and treated fairly; having access 15-YEAR-OLDS UNTAPPED STRENGTH OF to high-quality opportunities, such as after-school programs; and having people who nurture their sparks. Only about one in eight (12%) of teens score high on this index. Youth with high ROI scores are much more likely to report positive outcomes and are three times as likely as those with low scores to have a sense of hopeful purpose, express caring values, be actively engaged in school and take on leadership roles. • Teen strengths, are most effectively supported when teens know their sparks and score high on the Teen Voice Index and Relationships and Opportunities Index. Only 7% of U.S. teens experience high levels of all three of these critical strengths. DISPLAY B Teens Who Experience Multiple Strengths 7% 17% 31% None of the Three 3% Only Sparks Only TVI or ROI Sparks + TVI or ROI Sparks + TVI + ROI 42% What are the Implications? Teen Voice 2009 captures what the nation’s 15-year-olds need in order to thrive. They are a rich resource, ready to be tapped. It’s up to adults to work alongside young people to see that they find and follow their passions—enriching themselves, their families and their communities as a result—by doing the following: • Connecting teens much more with adults who are working in their areas of interest; • Mentoring teens about how to study and how to practice their passionate interests; and • Giving teens opportunities to get more experience doing what they love to do. For More Information and to view the report please visit http://www.at15.com