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About 20% of teens are considered purposeful; having a parent, teacher or friend as a role model is important
Teens with a sense of purpose do better in school, are more resilient and healthier. They are also a minority.
About 20% of teens are considered purposeful, which means they have identified something that really matters to them and are doing something about it. Joel Hartmann, a 14-year-old in Shepherdstown, W.Va., is among them.