Mission Australia is urging Murray Bridge’s 15-19 year olds to speak up on issues important to them by participating in the 2017 Youth Survey.
Each year, the survey provides a snapshot of young Australians and offers insights that inform Mission Australia, other community groups, and Government decision makers.
Mission Australia State Director Noel Mundy said this year’s survey includes additional special focus questions on homelessness and barriers to work.
“It is so important to listen to the views of Australian young people,” he said.
“We check in every year to find out what’s really going on in their lives so that organisations like ours have access to current evidence and so we can advocate on their behalf for the services and broader policy changes that they need, and that are proven to work.
“In 2017, I’d like to see more schools and groups get involved. The more young people that participate, the more inclusive, insightful and representative of the broader youth community these results will be.”
Last year 2,358 respondents from SA were amongst nearly 22,000 participants nationwide.
In 2016, the top issues identified by young people in SA were alcohol and drugs, equity and discrimination and population issues.
Nationally, concerns about mental health have doubled since 2011. Consistent with national results, the top three issues of personal concern for SA’s young people were coping with stress, school problems and body image.
The Youth Survey closes on July 31. To participate, visit missionaustralia.com.au/youthsurvey.
Use the hashtag, #YouthSurvey2017, to spread the word online.