YOUTH SUR­VEY: HAVE YOUR SAY

Youth Ac­tion ques­tion­naire aims to de­stroy myths of western Sydney

Rouse Hill Times - - FRONT PAGE - El­iz­a­beth Col­man

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” the re­gion’s youth are “lazy” and “dis­en­gaged” – la­bels it says could dam­age their self-image and become a bar­rier to em­ploy­ment.

“Some stereo­types say that young peo­ple (in west- ern Sydney) lack direc­tion, are un­will­ing to work, or aren’t en­gaged in their com­mu­ni­ties,” said Natasha Lay, western Sydney project co­or­di­na­tor at Youth Ac­tion.

The Youth Ac­tion sur­vey lets young peo­ple “have their say and chal­lenge these stereo­types”.

She added that western Sydney’s grow­ing youth pop­u­la­tion is “pas­sion­ate, ac­tively en­gaged, and ready to drive so­lu­tions to fu­ture­proof western Sydney”.

The sur­vey of 400,000 young peo­ple 12-25, seeks to un­earth “pos­i­tive sto­ries” in Auburn, Bankstown, Black­town, Pen­rith, Blue Moun­tains, Par­ra­matta, Cam­den, Camp­bell­town, Fair­field, Hol­royd, Hawkes­bury, The Hills and Liver­pool.

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.

The sur­vey, which starts with the ques­tion “what makes you smile about liv­ing in western Sydney?” could also trans­form wider im­pres­sions of the re­gion.

“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”.

The sur­vey is open now un­til April 17. Young peo­ple 12-25 in western Sydney can have their say at sur­vey­mon­key.com/r/youthWS

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‘‘ We want as many young peo­ple as pos­si­ble to have their say Natasha Lay, from Youth Ac­tion

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