Youth issues featured in Vital Signs report

Surveyed youth give their opinions on a number of issues

Youth poverty and homelessness are the most important issues for young people who participated in the Victoria Foundation’s 2011 Youth Vital Signs report.

Among the 161 respondents, 71 per cent called for more affordable youth housing, and 55 per cent want a higher minimum wage.

On the transportation front, more than half of respondents call for more frequent and later-night bus service.

Topping the list of suggestions for youth spaces was a bowling alley, requested by 59 per cent. The result parallels a survey done over the summer by the Victoria Youth Council.

The council hosted a two-day youth leadership summit last weekend. It included workshops on fighting injustice, creating inclusive communities, video skills and using music for social-change projects.

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