Youth Survey open for young people to have their say

SURVEY: The Youth Survey 2021 is now open for young people aged 15 to 19.
SURVEY: The Youth Survey 2021 is now open for young people aged 15 to 19.

Mission Australia's Youth Survey 2021 is now open and young people aged 15 to 19 across the Upper Spencer Gulf are encouraged to have their say.

Now in its 20th year, the Youth Survey is the largest online survey of its kind and provides important insights into the experiences and views of young people.

As the impacts of COVID-19 become clearer, it is vital for young people to express their aspirations, issues and concerns.

Mission Australia's state director Mychelle Curran said she was pleased the Youth Survey was celebrating two decades of providing a vital platform for young Australians to share their thoughts and experiences.

"Our Youth Survey is Australia's preeminent survey of the views and sentiments of young Australians," she said.

"It is an important source of information frequently cited by organisations and governments, and often tapped into by families and individuals to develop a picture of what our young people are thinking and experiencing.

"It can guide us on how to best support young Australians as they transition into adulthood."

Almost 26,000 young people participated in the 2020 survey, with COVID-19 the biggest concern, followed by equity and discrimination, and the environment.

"We know from last year's survey that young people have been feeling the brunt of the impacts of COVID-19 in terms of a range of issues including mental health, education and employment," Ms Curran said.

"Young people across the country are still experiencing disruption to their lives while dealing with the stress of living through a pandemic.

"It's more important than ever for young people to seize opportunities to have their say [and] young people must have meaningful opportunities, like our Youth Survey, to speak up and shape Australia's recovery."

This year's survey will again focus on young people's housing situation, disability and experiences of discrimination, along with new questions to better understand the impact of COVID-19 and stress management.

"We hope that during a time when so many young people are dealing with unique challenges and changes caused by the pandemic, that they will take the opportunity to share their thoughts," Ms Curran said.

The survey takes 20 minutes to complete and is open until August 9 to all young people aged 15 to 19 who are living in Australia.

To take part in the survey, visit missionaustralia.com.au/youthsurvey.

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