A pair of surveys, titled “Investing in Youth,” shows moderate to strong public support for an array of youth-oriented programs, with especially broad backing coming from adults living in large urban areas.
The first of those telephone polls commissioned by the Forum for Youth Investment, a nonprofit advocacy group in Washington, found that 45 percent of adults surveyed nationally said that youth-oriented programs such as after-school and community-service initiatives and job training are a high priority, and that money should be made available to pay for them. Sixty-six percent of those polled said they favored tax increases on high-income taxpayers to finance youth programs.
A separate poll, conducted in 10 cities, reported that between 60 percent and 75 percent of adults in the urban areas believed more money should be found for youth programs. Polling was conducted in Atlanta; Baltimore; Boston; Chicago; Denver; Detroit; Nashville, Tenn.; Oakland, Calif.; Philadelphia, and Portland, Ore.
A version of this article appeared in the March 16, 2005 edition of Education Week