Young Tasmanians have been asked to speak up during Youth Week.
To kick off Youth Week (13-22 April), Mission Australia has opened their annual Youth Survey and the charity is hoping for a record number of young people aged 15-19 to get involved and have their say.
This year’s survey will ask new focus questions to delve deeper into issues around social media, alcohol and drugs, barriers to employment and how young people feel about their community.
With 1,322 respondents in Tasmania out of a record number of 24,000 young people participating last year, Mission Australia hopes to reach more than 30,000 participants nationally by the survey’s closing date at the end of July.
Mission Australia State Director Noel Mundy urges young people in Tasmania to speak up and get involved in the charity’s 17th annual Youth Survey.
“The Youth Survey helps us to capture an annual snapshot of what’s going on in the lives of young people. It gives us many important insights about their aspirations, concerns and thoughts which helps equip organisations like Mission Australia with current evidence so we can advocate on their behalf for the services and broader policy changes that they need.
“We are encouraging even more young people in Tasmania to take part in our Youth Survey this year across local high schools, community youth groups, sporting teams, community service organisations and church groups. The more young Tasmanians we have participate, the more comprehensive the results will be,” said Mr Mundy.
In 2017, both nationally and in Tasmania, the top three issues identified by young people as most important in Australia today were mental health, alcohol and drugs and equity and discrimination, with mental health emerging as the top concern for the first time in the 16-year history of reporting. In the survey, young Australians continue to highlight coping with stress, school or study problems and body image as their top three issues of personal concern.
Mission Australia’s Youth Survey 2018 is open to all young people living in Australia aged 15-19 years old.
To take part in the survey, go to www.missionaustralia.com.au/youthsurvey. Share the word using #YouthSurvey2018
The survey closes on 31 July 2018, with results to be released in late November.