YOUR VOICE MATTERS!

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Your Voice Matters Engagement Outcomes – Your Say page update

Thank you to everyone who provided feedback into our Youth Engagement, Your Voice Matters.

Over 670 people took part in the survey and a further 32 participated in face to face focus groups.

What we heard

Family and friends are the top two things that matter most to young people, followed by listening to music, animal rights, safety, mental health and education. Young people value outdoor activities and public places such as beaches, parks, playgrounds and walking trails and over 60% of survey respondents said they have a positive outlook on their future.

Young people are most concerned money, affordability, mental health, transport and accessibility, lack of relevant opportunities and pathways, and physical health. The engagement outcomes have shown that mental health is a top priority for young people, and is also a barrier to achieving their aspirations.

Other notable themes that featured strongly in the responses include, environment and sustainability, safety and bullying.

What happens now?

We will be undertaking further engagement to unpack the key themes to better understand the issues, challenges, barriers, opportunities and aspirations from young people’s perspective, and to identify, validate and test potential solutions and interventions.

We will be:

  • Utilising engagement findings to inform our Onkaparinga Youth programming in coming months
  • Continuing to work with Flinders University Social Work placement students to dive deeper and undertake further research and a series of engagement activities with young people around key and emerging themes and issues including mental health, environment/sustainability, animal rights and diversity.
  • Sharing our findings with key stakeholders including schools and youth organisations with a view to increasing awareness of what young people in our region care about, are concerned about and want to see happen.
  • Working closely with the Onkaparinga Youth Committee to design opportunities for impact and advocacy for consideration of the views of young people in key projects, networks and future decision making.

For further information or to become involved in further research and engagement arising from Your Voice Matters, please email youth@onkaparinga.sa.gov.au




Your Voice Matters Engagement Outcomes – Your Say page update

Thank you to everyone who provided feedback into our Youth Engagement, Your Voice Matters.

Over 670 people took part in the survey and a further 32 participated in face to face focus groups.

What we heard

Family and friends are the top two things that matter most to young people, followed by listening to music, animal rights, safety, mental health and education. Young people value outdoor activities and public places such as beaches, parks, playgrounds and walking trails and over 60% of survey respondents said they have a positive outlook on their future.

Young people are most concerned money, affordability, mental health, transport and accessibility, lack of relevant opportunities and pathways, and physical health. The engagement outcomes have shown that mental health is a top priority for young people, and is also a barrier to achieving their aspirations.

Other notable themes that featured strongly in the responses include, environment and sustainability, safety and bullying.

What happens now?

We will be undertaking further engagement to unpack the key themes to better understand the issues, challenges, barriers, opportunities and aspirations from young people’s perspective, and to identify, validate and test potential solutions and interventions.

We will be:

  • Utilising engagement findings to inform our Onkaparinga Youth programming in coming months
  • Continuing to work with Flinders University Social Work placement students to dive deeper and undertake further research and a series of engagement activities with young people around key and emerging themes and issues including mental health, environment/sustainability, animal rights and diversity.
  • Sharing our findings with key stakeholders including schools and youth organisations with a view to increasing awareness of what young people in our region care about, are concerned about and want to see happen.
  • Working closely with the Onkaparinga Youth Committee to design opportunities for impact and advocacy for consideration of the views of young people in key projects, networks and future decision making.

For further information or to become involved in further research and engagement arising from Your Voice Matters, please email youth@onkaparinga.sa.gov.au




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