Evidence That It Works
A key developmental task of adolescents is planning for their future, namely in the areas of education, work, family, friendship, and material success. Studies with diverse groups of students have found that a positive vision for the future is related to fewer behavior challenges and negative peer influences and greater social support and school involvement, as well as better goal-management skills.
Why Does It Matter?
Many of our students face overwhelming obstacles due to factors beyond their control, such as institutional racism and poverty. Helping them to see a positive future for themselves can place them on a path of both purpose and hope — the “what” and the “how” of their future life — motivating them to overcome obstacles and achieve their dreams.