Mosman youth survey results15 April 2015
Young people have nominated a lack of activities and youth-friendly spaces in Mosman as their key concern, in a major survey of more than 380 young people conducted ahead of Youth Week (10-19 April).
As part of the It Starts With You project, Mosman Council’s Youth Services team surveyed local youth through vox pops, interviews, surveys, post-it boards and focus groups to find out what was important to them.
Key areas of concern included:
- Services, Information and Public Facilities – Mosman youth would like to see improved communication about what is happening and also said there was a lack of youth-friendly space in Mosman. “There is enough help out there for people but many don’t know how or where to look for it,” a 17-year-old male participant said.
- Physical and Mental Health – young people feel a huge amount of academic stress because of school and parental pressure, while body image and drug and alcohol abuse are also of concern. “Mental health remains a pivotal issue for Mosman to address – especially with the heightening standards of body image in beachside areas such as Balmoral where women are pressured to maintain a particular figure,” a 22-year-old female participant said.
- Belonging – Mosman youth pointed out that certain “divisions” exist between private and public students and inter-generationally. They also wanted to see greater youth advocacy and “voice” in Mosman. “There is a large ageing population in Mosman, so ensuring there are still youth-friendly opportunities and representation and that Mosman youth feel like they have a sense of belonging in this suburb is important,” a 12-year-old female said.
Young people argued that all key stakeholders should be involved in confronting these issues, and importantly, wanted to be key drivers in the process.
“Youth should be involved in tackling issues facing the youth,” one male interviewee said. “They could share knowledge, give support and advice.”
Mosman Youth Services team will now be working with local young people, families, schools and community groups to action the proposed solutions in line with this year’s National Youth Week theme of It Starts With Us.
More information will be available at www.mosmanyouth.com.au from Saturday 18 April, 2015.