Positive response to youth survey

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by Rachael Comer

A regional youth survey is taking longer to collate than expected, due to a positive response.

YMCA South and Mid Canterbury marketing, communications and fundraising manager Michele Keggenhoff said the organisation’s 2017 South and Mid Canterbury Youth Survey attracted 724 respondents and almost 4500 comments.

The survey was open to youth aged 12-24 years throughout South and Mid Canterbury, and Mrs Keggenhoff is now in process of going through the information.

She had hoped to release information from the survey last week.

“Unfortunately, analysing the data from 724 respondents across four districts plus nearly 4500 comments is taking longer than I anticipated.”

She hoped to have collated the results within a fortnight. Once the analysis was complete, a report of the full results would be made available through the organisation’s website.

“It’s taking longer because we’ve had a great response from young people, but also because we’ve expanded the survey to include Waimate, Mackenzie and Ashburton Districts, in addition to Timaru district.”

The survey was launched in May to coincide with Youth Week. It followed on from surveys by the organisation in 2014 and 2015.

“In 2014, YMCA conducted the first ever comprehensive stocktake of young people’s views of their life in the Timaru district, and we repeated it in 2015.

“We asked them whether the district was a good place to be a young person, what they would improve, whether they felt safe, where they would turn for help, whether they could get a good education and job, would they leave the district and why, whether they would come back and why, what they thought the main health issues were, what stresses them out, what would be helpful for them, and much more.

Mrs Keggenhoff said the results were distributed to youth, social service, and education organisations, local government and the business community for use in their short, medium and long-term planning.