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The big issues for young people

Young people have been disproportionately affected by the impacts of COVID-19. When planning solutions for our city's recovery, we must listen to them.

The Greater Sydney Commission Youth Panel prepared papers on three issues impacting young people today.

The Commission also conducted a listening series with our Youth Panel, uncovering what young people want for Greater Sydney's future.

Find out more below.

Insights from the Youth Panel

Listening Series

Jayden Bregu - Eastern City District

We've got a once-in-a-generation opportunity, as we awaken these local centres post COVID-19, to build-in a better way than before. The Greater Sydney Commission needs the voice of young people to guide this.

Our youth panel member Jayden thinks it's time for a shake-up and we need to provide structures and flexibility for young people's jobs. We need to revitalise the night-time economy and put people at the centre of our planning.

Matilda Harry - Western City District

The latest data shows that young people have been disproportionately affected by COVID-19 job losses.
How can we work together to address this?

Matilda suggests creating a forum bringing universities, TAFE, industry and government together to talk about the big issues facing young people and the job industries of the future.

Lisa Lewis - Central City District

What do young people want for the Central City? Our Chief Commissioner Geoff Roberts AM caught up with our Youth Panel member Lisa, ensuring that young people have a voice and are heard in planning Greater Sydney’s future.

Lisa spoke about the importance of investing in health, education and services to achieve a 30-minute city. She thinks that post COVID-19 jobs for young people are going to look different, we need to focus on capacity building, strengthening resilience and working hard to bring the jobs to where the people live.

Muhadissa Haidari - Central City District

We asked Muhadissa, what are the issues affecting young people from diverse backgrounds? She spoke about employment problems, mental health issues and engagement issues. Barriers to employment can cause feelings of uselessness and depression.

Listen to Muhadissa’s thoughts on changes to provide equal job opportunities for our multicultural youth.

Mariam Akoba - Western City District

What was it like starting university as a virtual student? Our Youth Panel member Mariam discusses the education challenges facing young people during the Coronavirus pandemic, including reduced motivation and technology access.

The dramatic shift to online learning has also brought a range of positives such as reduced costs and time saved on public transport. Mariam been able to use the four hours she’d usually spend commuting on liveability benefits, like exercise.

Jack Layard - North District

In recent times of hardship, bushfires and droughts, the arts community have given their time freely to come together and support our city. What can we do to support Greater Sydney’s arts community affected by coronavirus?

Our Youth Panel member Jack, a local musician, has had jobs cancelled due to social distancing restrictions and shares his views on the importance of supporting our music community.