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Document Number: 5377

The State of Our Nation’s Youth, 2003-2004 - This survey, the latest in a series, reports on the lives and aspirations of American youth ages 13-19. Young people share both facts and opinions on their futures, schools, families and their country’s future, and their day-to-day lives outside school. Eighty-eight percent of youth surveyed believe that college is “critical” or “very important” for success, and 80% of responents plan to go to a four-year college. Fifty percent of young people surveyed said that if they could, they would spend more time with their family. The greatest percentage (29%) of high school students expressed “a lot of interest” in a possible career in technology, while 48% expressed “no interest at all” in a potential career in government or public service. (Horatio Alger Association of Distinguished Americans, Inc., August 2004)...

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