Bullying and boredom key issues for youths
WA’s YMCA manager Mark Furr came to town last week to present the YMCA Narrogin Youth Survey results, which showed bullying and boredom were among the prominent issues.
The centre’s annual Have Your Say Night allowed Mr Furr to provide a summary of survey results.
He was joined by Shire chief executive Dale Stewart and Narrogin YMCA manager Tia Sandhu in discussing plans for the centre.
The survey was prepared last year to develop more youth programs in town.
“The goal was to provide young people with the opportunity to express themselves and be heard,” Mr Furr said.
Almost 300 young people aged 9-25 responded to the survey, with 20 per cent being indigenous and 21 percent speaking another language.
The results showed 49 per cent of respondents were satisfied and strongly positive in their feedback, however more than half of the respondents felt school pressure, bullying and boredom were prominent issues.
Mr Furr said about half of the respondents said they felt their voices were not heard and they had no influence in the community, even though they wanted to connect.
“This survey has been very insightful and is a great opportunity to do something for Narrogin’s youth,” he said. “Now we need to translate this into an action plan and a happier youth community.”
YMCA has worked with the Shire of Narrogin and other key stakeholders to develop a youth strategy for Narrogin to expand YMCA’s youth engagement footprint in town.
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