WASHINGTON, DC--(Marketwire - February 21, 2008) - The Horatio Alger Association of Distinguished Americans has commenced its research campaign, "The State of Our Nation's Youth," focusing on American teens. The goal of the initiative is to ascertain the unique issues and sentiments of today's youth and give a voice and attention to their opinions, apprehensions and aspirations. Results and analysis of the survey will be announced on Tuesday, August 5, 2008 at the National Press Club in Washington, DC, where a student panel will participate in a press conference and discussion of the results.

"A key mission of the Association is to invest in our nation's teens, and 'The State of Our Nation's Youth' illustrates the critical value of understanding America's future leaders," said Terrence J. Giroux, Executive Director of the Horatio Alger Association. "With this initiative, we continue to not only fine-tune our perception of America's teenagers as their issues evolve, but it also serves as a resource for the education community at large."

This year, the survey will focus on adolescents' views on a variety of current events including, but not limited to, environmental concerns, rising college tuition rates, social networking and political apathy during this presidential election year. The survey will also address personal topics such as bullying, body image, peer pressure and the drive to succeed. The poll will be conducted via telephone to 1,000 teens between 13-19 years old residing in the U.S.

The Association has commissioned Peter D. Hart Research Associates to execute "The State of Our Nation's Youth" research for the past ten years. It serves as a valuable tool for state departments of education around the country, as well as other educational sources, including the Association's field director network. The research was last conducted in 2005.

About The Horatio Alger Association

Founded in 1947, the Horatio Alger Association of Distinguished Americans continues to fulfill its mission of honoring the achievements of outstanding individuals in our society who have succeeded in spite of adversity and of encouraging young people to pursue their dreams through higher education. The Horatio Alger Association offers three annual scholarship programs: the National Scholarship Program and various state scholarship programs for high school seniors and the Horatio Alger Military Veterans Scholarship Program for U.S. veterans of the Afghanistan and Iraq conflicts. The Association has awarded more than $12 million annually in college scholarships and has given over $52 million to deserving students in recent years. For more information about the scholarships, please visit www.horatioalger.org.

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