According to a new poll from the Job Shadow Coalition and Harris Interactive, nearly half of teens surveyed (47%) defined the American Dream as “Simply Being Happy, No Matter What you Do,” far outpacing “Being Rich and/or Famous,” which was identified by one-in-five teens (20%) and “Owning My Own Business,” which was identified by only 7 percent of teens. The poll of 644 teens was conducted in December 2004 and has a margin of error of +/- 4%.
Overall, nearly three-in-four teens (71%) believe the American Dream is achievable today, with boys (75%) being slightly more optimistic than girls (68%). One-in-ten (10%) do not believe the American Dream is still achievable and nearly one-in-five (19%) are unsure. Nearly three-in-four (70%) believe higher education is essential to achieving the American Dream, while about one-in-six (16%) believe education “doesn´t matter.”
The poll was conducted in support of Job Shadow Day 2005. On February 2, 2005, more than one million young people will have a chance to explore their futures when they “shadow” workplace mentors as part of the eighth annual Groundhog Job Shadow Day initiative.
Last year, more than one million of America´s youth were able to experience more than 100,000 workplaces throughout the nation. For additional information including a How-to Guide, brochure, and an online training presentation on how to coordinate job shadowing, visit www.jobshadow.org.