YTN’s research echoes that of UCLA and Ohio State that youth are less prepared for life on their own and college than at any previous point in time.   Even those with high academic achievement often struggle once on a college campus.  In our interviews with thousands of high school seniors and college freshmen YTN uncovered a number of important factors that lead to the 28% dropout rate of freshmen, the harsh reality that only 30% of those who start a college degree complete it and 70% depart their faith!


The more disturbing dscovery was the fact that over half of the students encountered significant hurt in the transition that parents never heard about.  

In our first set of interviews we found:



YTN’s Findings:







UCLA, Ohio State, and YTN’s research consistently find that youth are less prepared for life on their own today and that a majority lead dual lives and are eager for freedom from their parents. In light of this, it is critical that we reexamine the approach to parenting we take through the adolescent years. 


These findings, combined with all of YTN’s other research, led to the development of the Secrets of Influential Parenting, a different approach that leverages the changes in the adolescent brain and their internal desire for success to get them ready for leaving home. YTN also developed a college preparation program called Succeed that helps student evaluate the reality of the change and the potential cost of pursuing freedom apart from their faith. Schools and parents can host Succeed for juniors and seniors in their community.