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New Report--#GENERATIONFLUX: Understanding the Seismic Shifts that Are Shaking Canada's Youth.

Community Foundations of Canada undertakes Vital Signs reports to identify trends across the country. In 2012 issues affecting youth were examined, the result being the report titled:  #GENERATIONFLUX: Understanding the seismic shifts that are shaking Canada's youth.

Interesting pieces of this report speak to challenges such as:

  • Education - the lag time between high school and post-secondary is increasing.
  • Employment - 1 out of 3 25-to-29-year-olds with a post-secondary diploma moved into low-skilled occupations after graduation.
  • Health - 3.2 million Canadian 12-19 year olds are at risk for developing depression. Yet, 3 out of 4 children and youth who need specialized treatment services do not receive them.
  • Engagement - in the 1960s, about 70% of the members of a new cohort would vote in the first election in which they were eligible to participate; by 2004 it was only slightly over 30%.

And opportunities such as:

  • Today's youth are nimble and passionate. They are comfortable with rapidly changing technology and quickly plug into emerging global issues. More than 8 in 10 teens say trust and honesty are "very important" to them and 75% of 12-19 year-olds report the highest level of attachment to community.

The report contains well-documented research and statistics which can be used to position the need for parks and recreation, community engagement, and health promotion programs for youth.

For a 'quick' fact sheet on the findings, go to the fact sheet:

Or, for more information, go to the full report: