Bordertown's youth urged to take part in survey amid challenging year

SURVEY: The Youth Survey is an important platform for young people to have their voices heard.
SURVEY: The Youth Survey is an important platform for young people to have their voices heard.

Mission Australia is urging young people aged 15-19 across Bordertown to participate in the Youth Survey 2020 before the annual survey closes on Friday.

This year in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, Mission Australia says the Youth Survey is an important platform for young people to have their voices heard.

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

It is an opportunity for young people to speak up about their personal aspirations and concerns, and express the issues they think are important in Australia today.

Mission Australia state director Mychelle Curran revealed early indications of Youth Survey 2020results, and encouraged more young people across the nation to participate:

"This year has brought with it new challenges which we have had to navigate as a nation," she said.

"An unprecedented bushfire season, followed by the COVID-19 pandemic has not been easy for many of us, let alone our young people.

"As you would expect, early responses to Youth Survey 2020 so far show that COVID-19 is coming up as a major national issue affecting young people."

Mrs Curran said they are also seeing how experiences of the pandemic are impacting individually on young people's concerns, particularly their mental health.

"As young people adapt to the rapidly changing landscape of the COVID-19 pandemic, it is extremely important that this year in particular, we gather as many young voices from South Australia as possible before the closing date of August 14," she said.

This year's survey results will provide up-to-date evidence to ensure young people are adequately supported through services and broader policy changes.

"We must pay attention to the issues affecting young people across Bordertown," Mrs Curran said.

"We must also look to young people for the ways in which they seek help, for their aspirations and their goals, to ensure they are adequately supported to thrive amid whatever life throws at them."

Mission Australia hope to see even more young people participate in the survey online, and has encouraged more schools and groups to join in.

"We are pleased to continue to work with a number of schools and community groups who take part in the Youth Survey every year, and we are impressed with the ways they have adapted to get young people involved this year," Mrs Curran said.

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 survey also asks new questions around discrimination and transition to employment, along with financial concerns and exclusion.

Mission Australia's Youth Survey Report 2019 showed young people from South Australia nominated mental health, the environment and equity and discrimination as the most important issues facing Australia today.

Mission Australia's Youth Survey 2020 is open to all young people aged 15-19 years-old who are living in Australia until August 14.

To take part in the survey, visit www.missionaustralia.com.au/youthsurvey. Share the word using #YouthSurvey2020.

Youth Survey 2020 results will be released in late November.