Youth combat negativity
Survey encourages young people to have their say and ‘challenge stereotypes’
YOUTH advocates want to combat negative stereotypes about Western Sydney’s young people with a landmark survey that could reach 400,000 people.
Youth Action has set out to transform the “huge misconception” that the region’s youth are “lazy” and “disengaged” – labels it says could damage their selfimage and become a barrier to employment.
“Some stereotypes say that young people (in western Sydney) lack direction, are unwilling to work, or aren’t engaged in their communities,” said Natasha Lay, YA’s western Sydney project co-ordinator.
The Youth Action regional survey is an opportunity for young people to “have their say and challenge these stereotypes”.
She added the region’s growing youth population is “passionate, actively engaged, and ready to drive solutions to future-proof Western Sydney”.
The survey, targeting 400,000 young people aged between 12 and 25, seeks to unearth “positive stories” from across the region.
The results could influence local, state and federal policy after they are published as a report for the community, and presented to mayors and politicians by Youth Action, which is the peak lobby group for young people in NSW and the team behind the “What’s Up West” youth conference.
“Young people like living in the West, and we want to unlock the reasons why,” said Ms Lay. “We want as many young people as possible to have their say. Their opinions matter and they should know they are valued members of the Western Sydney community.”
What makes you smile about living in Western Sydney? Youth Action Survey