Mis­sion to lis­ten to youth con­cerns

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - OPINION -

MIS­SION Aus­tralia is call­ing on young West Aus­tralians aged 15 to 19 to take part in its an­nual na­tion­wide sur­vey to de­ter­mine the is­sues most con­cern­ing to them.

The Mis­sion Aus­tralia Youth Sur­vey closes on July 31.

State di­rec­tor Amanda Hunt said the un­cer­tain po­lit­i­cal cli­mate made it paramount that young peo­ple had their voices heard.

“Young Aus­tralians are our fu­ture and we must do ev­ery­thing we can to bet­ter un­der­stand and nur­ture their am­bi­tions, and sup­port them to ful­fil their po­ten­tial,” Ms Hunt said.

“Our an­nual youth sur­vey pro­vides in­sight into their con­cerns and al­lows us to en­sure they are con­sid­ered by key de­ci­sion mak­ers, in­clud­ing politi­cians, pol­icy mak­ers and com­mu­nity or­gan­i­sa­tions.

“It en­ables us to un­der­stand life from the per­spec­tive of a young Aus­tralian in 2016 and en­gages them in voic­ing their thoughts to in­flu­ence their fu­ture.”

The sur­vey had al­most 19,000 par­tic­i­pants last year and Mis­sion Aus­tralia wants to hear from more than 20,000 youths this year.

Last year's chief con­cerns were al­co­hol and drugs, dis­crim­i­na­tion and the econ­omy.

“This year we have in­cluded new fo­cus ques­tions to un­der­stand young peo­ple's ex­pe­ri­ences of dis­crim­i­na­tion, as well as ques­tions fo­cused on young peo­ple's sense of com­mu­nity,” Ms Hunt said.

“Our pre­vi­ous sur­veys have high­lighted that to­day's youths ex­pe­ri­ence ma­jor chal­lenges, in­clud­ing high un­em­ploy­ment and the rapidly chang­ing job mar­ket, cop­ing with stress, school or study prob­lems, the ris­ing cost of hous­ing, and con­cerns around al­co­hol, drugs and men­tal health.

“We be­lieve Aus­tralia's young peo­ple de­serve a ful­fill­ing and bright fu­ture, and there­fore we must en­cour­age them to get in­volved and speak up and for us to re­ally lis­ten to what they have to say.”

To take part in the sur­vey, go to www.mis­sion­aus­tralia. com.au/youth­sur­vey.

Pic­ture: An­drew Ritchie www.com­mu­ni­typix.com.au d456836

Demi Ben­nett, Aden Roberts, Con­nor Smith, Vin­cent Phelps and Seven Strong­man will take part in Mis­sion Aus­tralia’s Youth Sur­vey.

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