This fact sheet examines Coös County youths’ beliefs about their access to educational and occupational opportunities in their home communities and whether these beliefs relate to their expectations for the future. To do so, author Erin Hiley Sharp draws on the Coös Youth Study data collected in 2011 from 318 eleventh graders in the public schools. Overall, Coös County youths’ opinions about the educational and occupational opportunities available in their home communities are somewhat positive but youths do perceive areas of concern. Youths’ perceptions of opportunities are fairly similar across the three regions of Coös County; however, those youths living in communities that have experienced the most significant job losses (Berlin and Gorham) seem to be aware of decreased opportunities. Youths’ perceptions of available opportunities matter for their future expectations. Coös County youths who perceive less educational and occupational opportunities in their home communities also report less confidence that they will graduate from high school and college.

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New Hampshire and New England Fact Sheet No. 6


Durham, N.H. : Carsey Institute, University of New Hampshire

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