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: http://www.vitalsignscanada.ca/files/vitalyouth/VYBackgrounderPrint2.pdf.
Or, for more information, go to the full report: http://www.vitalsignscanada.ca/files/vitalyouth/2012_VitalYouth%20Resear....