85% of college grads moving back home

Kara Powell | May 12, 2011

When I graduated from college, I got a job in San Diego (where I was from) and moved back home. I would guess that only 30-40% of my friends moved back home after college.

Times are changing.

According to a recent survey, 85% of college graduates are moving back home with their parent(s). That’s a lot. (Note the technical research language I used in my last sentence.)

There are all sorts of questions that emerge for those of us who serve teenagers and emerging adults.

-How can we help kids and parents deal with the complexities of moving back home, ranging from re-establishing communication patterns to knowing how to handle “curfew” (or whatever that looks like)?

-How can we help these folks who feel transient take root in our communities?

-How can this be not just a holding pattern for these young adults but a time of deep formation? (this question is certainly related to the question right above it)

I think this dynamic brings new ministry and community opportunities for us. Now we just have to figure out what those are, and determine how to move forward toward them.

Kara Powell

Dr. Kara Powell is the Executive Director of the Fuller Youth Institute (FYI), a faculty member at Fuller Theological Seminary, and Fuller's Chief of Leadership Formation. Named by Christianity Today as one of “50 Women You Should Know,” Kara serves as a Youth and Family Strategist for Orange, and also speaks regularly at parenting and leadership conferences. Kara is the author or coauthor of a number of books, including Growing Young, Growing With, The Sticky Faith Guide for Your Family, Sticky Faith Curriculum, Can I Ask That?, Deep Justice Journeys, Deep Justice in a Broken World, Deep Ministry in a Shallow World, and the Good Sex Youth Ministry Curriculum. Kara lives with her husband Dave and their three children, Nathan, Krista, and Jessica, in Southern California.


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