New Boys & Girls Clubs of America Teen Survey Reveals Fear of Joblessness and Violence as Top Concerns for Young People

New Boys & Girls Clubs of America Teen Survey Reveals Fear of Joblessness and
                  Violence as Top Concerns for Young People

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WASHINGTON, Jan. 29, 2013

National Youth of the Year Trei Dudley addressed youth concerns and issued
call to action during live Jan. 29 State of the Youth webcast presented by
Tupperware Brands

WASHINGTON, Jan. 29, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ --Boys & Girls Clubs of
America's (BGCA) National Youth of the Year, Trei Dudley, 18, today unveiled
the findings of a new national survey indicating two issues are top of mind
for America's teens: (1) access to jobs, training and college opportunities
after high school and (2) youth violence (including shootings and bullying).
Dudley revealed the findings alongside BGCA's president and CEO, Jim Clark, in
a live "State of the Youth Address" webcast from the National Press Club in
Washington, D.C.

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The address came less than 24 hours after Dudley joined four other BGCA
Regional Youth of the Year winners in a private visit with President Barack
Obama in the Oval Office, where they presented the survey findings to the
President's team. During the "State of the Youth Address," Dudley and Clark
issued a call to action asking all Americans – teens and adults – to sign an
online petition at asking the White House to form a
National Teen Advisory Committee to ensure our nation's leaders stay engaged
and offer solutions for the most pressing issues facing youth.

"This survey reflects what I often hear from young people - they want and need
our nation's leaders to address their priorities," said Dudley. "Beyond
political leaders, we need the support of the entire nation – from nonprofit
organizations that provide hope and opportunity for youth to companies that
provide access and resources to ensure our success, like Tupperware Brands,
which sponsors the Youth of the Year program and provided a scholarship to
help fund my college education."

The national survey of more than 1,000 teens, ages 13- 17, revealed that, as
political leaders and decision makers chart the course of our country for the
future, America's youth feel their top priorities are being overlooked.
Sixty-five percent (65%) of American teens said the top three issues facing
them and their peers are access to jobs, training or college after high
school; violence affecting youth; and risky behaviors (alcohol, drug and
sexual activity). The survey also found that:

  o61% of America's young people are concerned about obtaining jobs, training
    or a college education after high school
  o60% of teens say violence affecting youth is one of their top three major
  oEight-two percent (82%) – that's eight out of 10 teens – did not feel
    their issues were addressed in 2012
  oOnly 10 percent are confident that our nation's leaders will address teen

"Most people won't be surprised that young people are concerned about their
education, future job prospects and violence, but it is extremely
disheartening to learn that only 10 percent feel confident that leaders will
address their concerns," said BGCA President and CEO Jim Clark. "This
revelation reinforces the importance of the work of Boys & Girls Clubs of
America. We are dedicated to collaborating with political leaders, other
nonprofits, corporations and foundations to ensure our youth are prepared for
success after high school and have access to scholarships for a postsecondary
education. We have also partnered with the Office of the Vice President to
identify the most effective strategies for helping to protect young people and
prevent violence in our communities."

"In the current economy, in which jobs for young people are scarce and college
tuition rates outpace the inflation rate – it is clear why our youth are most
concerned about their education and career opportunities," said Rick Goings,
Chairman and CEO of Tupperware Brands, which has supported Boys & Girls Clubs
for more than 20 years and made a five-year commitment of $2.5 million to the
Youth of the Year program. "As a company that believes strongly in education's
empowering potential, we are proud to support Trei in her pursuit of higher
education and her higher calling to make her generation's voice heard."

Dudley will present the initial signatures for the National Teen Advisory
Committee petition to legislative leaders on Capitol Hill, and will conduct
meetings to advocate for establishing a Committee. When the new National and
Regional Youth of the Year winners are chosen later this year, they will
present the final petition to President Barack Obama during their visit to the
White House.

For more information about the State of America's Youth survey or the Youth of
the Year program, visit

State of the Youth Survey Methodology

The online survey of a random sample of 1,010 American teens (ages 13-17) was
conducted by Research Now™ on behalf of Boys & Girls Clubs of America (BGCA)
between December 20 and December 31, 2012.

About Youth of the Year

Established in 1947, National Youth of the Year is the highest honor Boys &
Girls Clubs of America bestows on a Boys & Girls Club member. Sponsored by
Tupperware Brands Corporation, the Youth of the Year program recognizes a teen
Club member who has achieved academic success and made outstanding
contributions to his or her family, school, community and local Boys & Girls
Club, while overcoming personal obstacles. As the National Youth of the Year,
Dudley received $11,000 in college scholarships from Tupperware and up to
$50,000 from the Rick and Susan Goings Foundation. To win the national title,
Dudley competed with Boys & Girls Club members from all over the U.S. and
advanced through local, state and regional competitions. In addition to the
scholarships and prizes, Dudley joined her fellow National Youth of the Year
finalists at a congratulatory meeting with U.S. President Barack Obama in the
Oval Office on Jan. 28, 2013, where she presented the "State of the Youth"
survey to the President's team.

About Boys & Girls Clubs of America

For more than 100 years, Boys & Girls Clubs of America ( has
enabled young people most in need to achieve great futures as productive,
caring, responsible citizens. Today, more than 4,000 Clubs serve some 4
million young people through Club membership and community outreach. Clubs are
located in cities, towns, public housing and on Native American lands
throughout the country, and serve military families in BGCA-affiliated Youth
Centers on U.S. military installations worldwide. They provide a safe place,
caring adult mentors, fun and friendship, and high-impact youth development
programs on a daily basis during critical non-school hours. Club programs
promote academic success, good character and citizenship, and healthy
lifestyles. In a Harris Survey of alumni, 57 percent said the Club saved their
lives. National headquarters are located in Atlanta. Learn more at and

About Tupperware Brands Corporation

Tupperware Brands Corporation is a portfolio of global direct selling
companies, selling innovative, premium products across multiple brands and
categories through an independent sales force of 2.7 million. Product brands
and categories include design-centric preparation, storage and serving
solutions for the kitchen and home through the Tupperware brand and beauty and
personal care products for consumers through the Armand Dupree, Avroy Shlain,
BeautiControl, Fuller Cosmetics, NaturCare, Nutrimetics, and Nuvo brands.

SOURCE Boys & Girls Clubs of America

Contact: K. Renee Overs, Boys & Girls Clubs of America, 404.797.9967,
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