Teens Speak Up

A National Youth Survey on Civic Engagement


  • 85% of teens believe school is important.
  • 76% of teens believe people who form groups with others can influence government.
  • 58% believe making a contribution to society is quite or extremely important.

Boys & Girls Clubs of America gratefully acknowledges The Case Foundation and Nickelodeon for their invaluable contributions to the development of “Teens Speak Up.” 

Civic Engagement, Service, School …
What issues are important to our young people and what challenges do they face? In 200 communities across the country, nearly 10,000 young people, ages 13-18, answered our survey questions to challenge other teens, parents, community leaders, educators, corporations and government officials to identify and implement solutions. 

What Teens Are Saying:

  • 4 out of 5 agree that going to college is necessary to achieve career goals.
  • 85% of teens agree that school is important and will help them get a good job.
  • 2 out of 3 believe they would learn more in the classroom if they had the opportunity to see how the principles they are taught work in the community.
  • 3 out of 4 say that people who get together with others and form groups to influence government policies can have a real impact.
  • 6 out of 10 think that it is important to serve as leaders in their community while they are still teenagers.
  • 6 out of 10 students say they have never consider dropping out.
  • 7 out of 10 feel that what they learn in high school will be important later in life.
Hear what BGCA supporter LeBron James and BGCA Youth of the Year Ambassador Ashanti have to say about community service.

Contact Us: For more information regarding our survey, please contact Gerald Fanion at gfanion@bgca.org.

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