How prepared are America’s youth to lead the U.S. economy?

Posted on May 3, 2017 • Category: Young Talent


According to the 2015 Census, there are nearly 33 million students enrolled in grades 5 through 12. Gallup’s research indicates that approximately 5 in 1,000 people have “exceptionally rare, genius-level entrepreneurship talent.” That means that about 165,000 students possess this exceptional talent and represent a crucial resource to help sustain economic growth across the country.

The new Gallup-HOPE Index includes 5 years of data about what the nation’s 5th to 12th graders are thinking. Do they want to be self-employed? Do they want to invent something that changes the world? Are they financially literate and do they understand free enterprise?

















Gallup describes the entrepreneurial spirit as “having the talent and energy for building businesses that survive, thrive and employ others.” It goes on to say that while talent can’t be taught, determination and confidence can be nurtured from a young age.

Two of the eight citizen goals that describe The Arizona We Want are “job creation” and “making Arizona the place to be for young talent.” Learn More


40% America’s 5th to 12th graders who plan to start their own businesses.
The 2016 Gallup-HOPE Index: Quantifying the Economic Energy of America’s Youth  

Gallup, April 2017


27% High school students who plan to start a business, down 33% to 35% from prior years.
U.S. High School Students’ Entrepreneurial Ambition at New Low  

Gallup Analytics, April 20, 2017

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