Youthtown survey a chance for young people to have their say
Young? Want to have your say?
New Zealand’s largest youth charity Youthtown wants young Kiwis to speak up on the issues that matter most to them, through the second annual Voice of NZ Survey.
The survey aims to have a positive emphasis on understanding young Kiwis’ relationships with family and friends, who they identify with and why, and what their plans are for the future.
In 2012 more than 800 young people aged 13 to 18 candidly shared their views. This year Youthtown hopes the survey will extend its reach further. Teens can complete the survey online until May 17.
Youthtown has again commissioned specialist research company Point Research to develop this year’s survey, designed to follow the theme of Youth Week which is ‘‘live like a legend’’.
Youthtown chief executive Paula Kearns says last year’s inaugural survey generated significant data from hundreds of young New Zealanders.
‘‘The results were invaluable, giv- ing us a unique insight into the minds of our youth and ensuring that we’re communicating with them in a way they understand.
‘‘We discovered who they look up to and why, what’s important to them and the world they live in, where they see themselves in the future and much more.’’
The survey data helps Youthtown shape its programmes to support young people’s personal goals and aspirations.
‘‘Last year’s survey also gave us the opportunity to work with other youth-focused stakeholders to share youth views,’’ Ms Kearns says.
‘‘We already have a huge amount of interest in this year’s survey from young people wanting to have their voices heard and key stakeholders.’’
Before developing the questions Point Research used focus groups with young people and youth organisations to identify what data from last year’s survey requires further consideration and what new ground should be explored.
Key youth stakeholders included the Ministry of Youth Development, Auckland Council, Youthline, the Foundation of Youth Development, Rainbow Youth and Attitude (Parents Inc).
Point Research principal researcher Alex Woodley says the groups play a fundamental role in developing and shaping the survey.
‘‘From these we were also able to pin-point gaps and look into areas and issues that have become more prominent over the past year.’’
Young people aged between 13 and 18 can complete the survey at youthtown.org.nz until May 17.