Youth sur­vey time

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Streetwatch -

LAST year al­co­hol and drugs were the most im­por­tant is­sues fac­ing Aus­tralia’s young peo­ple.

Mis­sion Aus­tralia is call­ing for some 20,000 peo­ple aged 15-18 to take part in its an­nual youth sur­vey.

The sur­vey aims to pro­vide in­sight into young peo­ple’s con­cerns and to en­sure decision mak­ers, in­clud­ing politi­cians, pol­icy mak­ers and community or­gan­i­sa­tions, con­sider them.

In 2015, the top is­sues iden­ti­fied by young peo­ple as most im­por­tant in Aus­tralia to­day were al­co­hol and drugs, eq­uity and dis­crim­i­na­tion, and the econ­omy and fi­nan­cial mat­ters.

Mis­sion Aus­tralia State di­rec­tor Amanda Hunt said pre­vi­ous sur­veys have shown 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. Go to www.mis­sion­aus­tralia.com.au/youth­sur­vey.

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