NH’s Workforce: The Youth Retention Initiative

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Population out-migration in New Hampshire has generated efforts focused on retaining and recruiting young adults. This population is essential to the economy, workforce and vitality of our communities. We share the concerns about migration and population patterns within N.H. and recognize that efforts have focused mostly on young adults, not youth in middle and high school. The Youth Retention Initiative was designed to deepen understanding of how youth and emerging adults are considered in efforts to retain and recruit young people. As youth development and education researchers, we were also interested in learning about the messages young people hear about what is possible for them in our state and how these messages guide their future planning. Download the resource to read the Youth Retention Initiative study team's key findings  report. View the recording of the April 2022 webinar presentation of the research findings here.