Young Australians urged to make their voices heard
7 April 2020 at 5:04 pm
Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, youth advocates say the voices of young people are more important than ever
Young people have the chance to speak out on the top issues affecting them with the opening of Mission Australia’s Youth Survey 2020.
The survey – now in its 19th year – is the largest online survey of its kind in Australia and offers a snapshot into the experiences and views of young people across the country.
Mission Australia CEO James Toomey said as the nation grappled with the COVID-19 pandemic, the voices of young people needed to be heard.
“During this period of unprecedented changes, it’s important that young people still have meaningful opportunities like the Youth Survey to share their thoughts, concerns and aspirations to shape policy and service changes that are important to them,” Toomey said.
“We hope that during a time when so many young people will be self-isolating, that they could spare 15 minutes of their time to participate in our Youth Survey.”
Last year’s Youth Survey revealed that young Australians with friends and family members experiencing drug and alcohol problems were almost twice as likely to feel sad and negative about their future compared to other people.
It also found that mental health, the environment and equity and discrimination were the most important issues facing young Australians.
Toomey said young people could record their responses online this year, either through arrangements with participating schools or groups, or individually through the Mission Australia website.
“We are mindful that at this time, schools are having to adapt tremendously and we are thankful for all that our education sector is doing for our young people, and acknowledge that this may affect the participation in our survey,” he said.
“At a time of increased physical distancing and self-isolation, we’re also encouraging sports teams, community youth groups, religious groups and community service organisations to communicate to their young people to get involved.”
The Mission Australia Youth Survey can be completed here.