High School teens say presidential campaigns make them “fearful” and “anxious” about their future.

Posted 04/19/2016 | By HealthCorps

For Immediate Release.

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  • HealthCorps: Jason Feinberg: Jason.Feinberg@healthcorps.org (212) 742-2875

High School teens say presidential campaigns make them “fearful” and “anxious” about their future.

  • What – HealthCorps Survey of High School Teens regarding the Presidential Campaigns

NEW YORK, NEW YORK (April 19, 2016)

As the presidential campaign primary season continues, a recent survey of more than 400 high school students (ages 14 to 19) in 28 schools across 10 states plus Washington DC, reveals that the candidates and their campaigns are actually making students “fearful” and “anxious” about their futures.

When asked, How do the presidential candidates and their campaigns make you feel about your future? A full 66% of the students responded either Fearful (40%) or Anxious (26%) while only 9% said Hopeful; and 6% responded Excited; 19% said they were unsure, did not know.

The survey of students in high-need high schools was conducted over four days from April 11 to 15 as part of HealthCorps’ ongoing assessment of teens and their attitudes and habits towards physical and mental health and wellness.

“A pillar of the HealthCorps curriculum is mental resiliency and personal strength. The survey results tell us that our students are anxious, and it’s up to us as adults to reassure them that they have the ability – and the tools they need – to shape their futures,” said Karen Buonocore HealthCorps’ Vice President of Programs.

HealthCorps places recent college graduates, or “coordinators” in high-need high schools across the country. These coordinators teach a minimum of 10 classes a week in the areas of physical education, nutrition education and mental resilience.

Among other questions, the high school students were asked Which do you consider to be the most important issue facing our country? 22% responded the Economy; 10% responded National Security; 14% responded Health Care; 30% responded Immigration; and 24% responded Education

The students surveyed identified themselves as 29% Democrat; 24% Republican, 22% Independent; and 25% were unsure what the Political Parties are.

HealthCorps surveys its students on a biweekly basis. If you would like to receive results from our surveys, please contact Jason.feinberg@healthcorps.org

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