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Youth See Room for Winnipeg to Improve: Report

October 7, 2014 9:19 AM | News

The Winnipeg FoundationA new report released Tuesday gives Winnipeg a passing grade when it comes to the quality of life as seen through the eyes of young people, but there’s much more room for improvement.

The Youth Vital Signs (YVS) 2014 report was released by the Winnipeg Foundation based on feedback from more than 1,800 youth aged 14-29.

Fifteen key areas were graded by respondents, indicating that while young people are generally satisfied, they’re also critical of the status quo.

“The goal of YVS is to provide all of us with a better understanding of what is important to the city’s young people,” said Richard Frost, CEO of the Winnipeg Foundation. “Survey results have the potential to influence decision-making at many levels.”

The areas youth believe there needs to be improvement include promoting inter-cultural understanding, preparing youth for the workforce, improving transportation options, supporting mental health, creating a youth advisory council at city hall, and increasing options for safe, affordable housing.

Youth will share their ideas and concerns with the city’s mayoral candidates during a forum at the Winnipeg Art Gallery on Thursday, October 16 from 6-8 p.m.

The full report can be found on the Winnipeg Foundation’s website or read below.