Research has revealed these major points:

  • High school students have many vocational and avocational interests.
  • Teenagers want a broader experience that provides practical "hands-on" experience and is tailored to their cultural backgrounds.
  • Teenagers want to belong to a group that provides a "safe haven" from which to address the youth development issues that affect them.
  • These issues include experimentation; moving from dependence to interdependence, social relationships, psychological changes and sexual maturity, and a re-evaluation of values.
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