YTN’s research echoes that of UCLA and Ohio State; youth are less prepared for life on their own or 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 and the harsh reality that only 30% of those who start a college degree complete it.


The more disturbing reality from YTN’s research was the fact that over half of the students encountered significant hurt in the transition that parents never heard about. Many more struggled academically, socially or financially.


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.  Given this we should 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 and testing of a different approach that is now called the Secrets of Influential Parenting and a college preparation program called Succeed that helps student evaluate the reality of the change and the potential cost of pursuing freedom. Schools and parents can host Succeed for their juniors and seniors.