NEW YORK--(EON: Enhanced Online News)--A new citywide survey revealed that the YMCA of Greater New York, the City’s leading provider of youth services, helps New York City teens build crucial education and life skills. The YMCA Youth Outlook Study, which was administered across the five boroughs to 500 youth currently enrolled in YMCA programs and 500 non-YMCA respondents, found that across every survey category a greater share of Y respondents reported that they:
“Throughout the Y’s 160-year history, the organization has played an integral role in improving the lives of New York City youth, adults, families and communities”
- are optimistic about their future and have greater educational aspirations;
- participate in extracurricular activities and community service;
- believe that avoiding drugs and alcohol is important to staying healthy; and
- eat and drink healthy foods and beverages.
“Throughout the Y’s 160-year history, the organization has played an integral role in improving the lives of New York City youth, adults, families and communities,” said Jack Lund, President & CEO of the YMCA of Greater New York. “Especially relevant with the start of the school year, this historic survey puts measurable figures to what we’ve known and suspected for generations—demonstrating that Y kids are more positive about the future, more involved in their communities and volunteer work, and are more aware of the importance of nutritious diets.”
“Conducting this research was a unique opportunity to examine the impact the Y’s programs are making on the lives of NYC’s young people,” said Don Lowery, Senior Vice President Government and Public Affairs for Nielsen. “We learned in great detail the positive impact the Y is making on the lives of New York City’s youth and this information gives the organization important analytics as it continues its work to support the city’s youngest generation,” Lowery said.
Among the survey’s key findings:
- 52% of Y respondents reported being optimistic about the future compared to 47% of non-Y respondents, with 57% of Y respondents feeling they see many opportunities for the future compared with 49% of non-Y respondents.
- 71% of Y respondents have talked to their parents about college compared with 61% of their non-Y counterparts, and 65% of Y respondents have researched colleges vs. 55% of non-Y respondents.
- 45% of Y respondents participate in school sports team compared with 28% of their non-Y counterparts and 20% of Y respondents are active in school clubs compared with 11% non-Y respondents.
- 19% of Y respondents volunteer compared to 5% non-Y respondents and 32% of Y respondents feel participating in their community is very important compared with 25% of their non-Y counterparts.
- 87% of Y respondents vs. 80% of non-Y respondents feel avoiding drugs is important to staying healthy; 84% vs. 78% believe avoiding alcohol is important to staying healthy.
- 76% of Y respondents eat and drink healthy foods compared with 71% of non-Y respondents.
The complete set of YMCA Youth Outlook Survey data can be downloaded at http://www.ymcanyc.org/YouthOutlook.
The Youth Outlook Survey was fielded in person by YMCA personnel at select public schools across NYC during the fall and winter of 2012. Qualifying respondents were in high schools (grades 9-12) in schools across all five boroughs. Principle survey design was done by Nielsen with assistance from the YMCA and administered to a total of 500 YMCA respondents and 500 Non-YMCA respondents. Surveys were processed by Scarborough Research and results were analyzed by Nielsen.
About the YMCA of Greater New York
The YMCA of Greater New York is, and always will be, dedicated to building healthy, confident, connected and secure children, adults, families and communities. With a focus on youth development, healthy living and social responsibility, the Y nurtures the potential of every youth and teen, improves New York City’s health and well-being and provides opportunities to give back and support neighbors. In scores of neighborhoods across the five boroughs and its camp upstate, the Y makes accessible the support and opportunities that empower more than 400,000 New Yorkers to learn, grow and thrive. Visit www.ymcanyc.org.