You Can Make A Difference!
by Alon Banks
As youth leaders we are all concerned about our students checking out on their faith! A number of studies have looked into this issue, but none with the breadth and scope of the research NNYM is helping the Youth Transition Network under take! The National Youth in Transition Survey is authored by:
- James Libby, President of Decision Support Sciences (DSS) (DSS conducts large-scale research for Fortune 100 companies)
- Jeff Schadt the President of Youth Transition Network (after conducting over 400 video taped interviews with young people)
What makes this study different?
- Large Scale 10,000+ youth will participate from the ages 14 to 24
- Much Wider Scope Than Previous Studies
This will Include world view, biblical knowledge, the dual life, epic failure, guilt, unreasonable expectations, the parent teen relationship and the college or career transition. This study will allow us all to see which factors have the greatest impact on young peoples faith across a much wider set of issues than previous studies.
- The is the first study that will speak directly to parents. Where many of us intuitively know many core issues stem from.
What do we need you to do?
Help get your students to participate in the study Before October 31st. They can take it at home, school or anywhere they have internet access. We need not just your motivated students but also the students in your church who have quit coming to youth group!
Below is an introductory paragraph that can be sent to the young people you know between the ages 14 to 24. Please send it out to as many young people between the ages of 14 and 24 as you can…even beyond your ministry or youth group… As this instrument has a path for those who have never been involved with faith or church as well. Students who complete the instrument will be registered to win one of two Mac Book Pros and one of 10 IPads.
Below is the paragraph to use with your students along with the link they use to access their unique path to the instrument. This link allows them to stop and start the survey with out loosing ground.
We have an unusual but important request to make of you. We are participating in the largest survey of faith, beliefs and behaviors ever designed; the National Youth In Transition Survey. (NYITS). We urge every single student between the ages of 14 and 24 to click on the link below and take the survey. There are two reasons for doing so. First, by completing the survey you will be registered to receive one of 10 iPads or one of two MacBook Pros. But more than the prizes, this station and its affiliates believe that the 14-24 year old age group is facing a very unique combination of challenges – perhaps more complex than any prior generation has ever faced. Because of this, we will be using the NYITS survey to fundamentally rethink how to better meet the needs of your generation. But…please be aware that this is not a “wimpy” survey. It will ask the hard questions.
We think that you would expect no less from us!