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Youth encouraged to have their say

Mission Australia is encouraging as many young people as possible aged 15-19 to have their say in the charity’s Youth Survey 2020.

Now in its 19th year, the Mission Australia Youth Survey is the largest online survey of its kind in Australia and provides an important annual snapshot into the experiences and views of young people across Australia.

The Youth Survey 2019 was completed by more than 25,000 young people aged between 15 and 19 years, including 320 young people in the ACT. Last year, young people from the ACT nominated the environment, mental health and equity and discrimination the most important issues facing Australia today.

This year in the midst of the COVID-19 public health challenge, Mission Australia said the surveycontinues to be an important platform for young people to have their voices heard.

Mission Australia’s area manager Daniel Strickland said during this period of unprecedented changes, it’s important that young people still have meaningful opportunities to share their thoughts, concerns and aspirations to shape policy and service changes.

This year the survey will continue to have a focus on mental health and wellbeing, with a further look into how young people seek help. The Youth Survey will also ask new questions around discrimination and transition to employment, along with financial concerns and exclusion.

“The Youth Survey 2020 is the biggest survey of its kind and is an important source of information for organisations, governments, families and individuals to get a picture of what our young people are thinking and experiencing, and how to best support young people from the ACT as they transition into adulthood,” Mr Strickland said.

Mission Australia’s Youth Survey 2020 is open to all young people aged 15-19 years-old who are living in Australia. To take part in the survey, visit www.missionaustralia.com.au/youthsurvey.

The survey closes on 14 August, with results to be analysed and released before the end of the year.

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