Mission Australia is calling on young Hunter residents to take part in its annual Youth Survey, following a year of record participation for the charity's questionnaire.
The survey will be launched online today and include new questions on young people's thoughts about bullying, disability and whether youth have enough say about the issues that affect them.
Mission Australia state director Nada Nasser said the survey, now in its 18th year, was a chance for people to share their aspirations, concerns and opinions.
"We're very proud of our Youth Survey, as every year it offers an important temperature check on the thoughts, concerns and aspirations of young Australians," Ms Nasser said. "Thanks to the Youth Survey, many organisations like Mission Australia have current evidence on what young people are thinking and experiencing, which helps us to advocate with them and for them for the services and policy changes that they need."
The survey is open to anyone living in Australia between the ages of 15 and 19. It will be available online at the Mission Australia website until July 31, with results expected to be released in late November.
Last year's survey attracted more than 28,000 participants nationwide, including 8211 in NSW - a record for the organisation. This year it hopes to engage with more than 30,000 participants.
We truly value the voices of young people and they must be heard. The more young people we have participate, the more comprehensive and inclusive the results will be.Nada Nasser, Mission Australia state director.
Mental health, alcohol and drugs, and equity and discrimination where the top issues identified in NSW by last year's survey.
Ms Nasser said Mission Australia hoped to encourage more young people to share their voices.
"We're hoping to see more high schools, sporting teams, community youth groups, church groups and community service organisations urge young people to get involved this year," she said.
"We truly value the voices of young people and they must be heard.
"The more young people we have participate, the more comprehensive and inclusive the results will be."
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