YOUTH SURVEY: HAVE YOUR SAY
Youth Action questionnaire aims to destroy myths of western Sydney
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