The Atlanta Youth Leadership Council, comprised of young leaders from Southwest Atlanta and powered by The Annie E. Casey Foundation, engaged the Creative Research Solutions in a research project to better understand the educational and career aspirations of Atlanta’s youth and the barriers that stand in their way. Through this project, researchers heard from 381 youth and young adults through surveys and focus groups. The 2022 report, Engaging Atlanta’s Youth and Young Adults in Economic Opportunity, details their findings. Key findings include:
- In the next 5-10 years, the majority of youth and young adult respondents see themselves owning their own business.
- Overall, youth and young adult respondents most frequently reported “salary/pay” as the main value they are looking for in a future job but this varied by race/ethnicity.
- Overwhelmingly, the top reason shared by youth and young adults when asked why young people might decide to not apply to college was due to a lack of financial resources or poverty.
- The large majority of youth and young adult respondents agreed that they have support for their dreams and life goals and agreed that their environment is preparing them for their future careers.
- Youth and young adults of color do not enjoy the same level of access to services as their White peers.
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