In order to ensure Arizona is a place where young people thrive and build their future, the Center for the Future of Arizona is committed to listening and understanding the perspectives of young people across the state. Throughout 2018, CFA hosted 12 focus groups with 100 young people with a target of ages 18-39. The groups represented diverse, statewide communities. Young people were asked what brought them to Arizona, what keeps them here and what might cause them to move away from Arizona. The results produced individual stories about young Arizonans. The stories were content-analyzed, and specific metrics focused on young talent are under development. Current themes that have emerged from these discussions include an emphasis on the following types of issues:
The Young Talent metrics will continue to be refined and shaped in the year ahead as we continue in dialogue with communities about their key priorities and aspirations for the future of the state.