According to a new study, two in five young people are unsure whether their life will improve in the next five years.
A survey conducted by Youth Work Ireland also found that young people have far more faith in themselves than in government to make the world a better place.
The opinion poll found that more than 38 percent of young people believe they can make the world a better place, while 29 percent said the government can do so.
More than two in five (43 per cent) of young people surveyed said they did not believe life in Ireland is better today than it was five years ago. Just one in five (21 percent) said it was better, while 35 percent said they weren’t sure.
The survey of more than 700 young people identified the top three issues affecting them as health (36 percent), education (24 percent) and access to services such as housing and health care (14 percent).
Those surveyed least hope that society will make progress in climate protection (24 percent) and access to services (22 percent) in the next five years.
However, 68 percent of respondents said they believe young people have the power to change society for the better.
They said the most important actions they can take to improve society are voting (36 percent), acquiring more education and skills (21 percent), protesting (17 percent) and participating in the Politics (11 percent).
The online survey of 174 young people aged between 16 and 24 was conducted between 21 March and 4 April.
dr Patrick Burke, CEO of Youth Work Ireland, said the research showed that despite the changing nature of our society, demand for youth services prevailed.
“Youth Work Ireland advocates for its member youth services and young people at local, national and European levels. With this in mind, in 2021 Youth Work Ireland, together with its stakeholders, embarked on a process to develop a new strategic statement that clearly articulates their vision, mission and the direction of their work over the coming five years,” he said.
“This strategic statement has been developed to renew the scope of youth work in Ireland and is designed to be shaped and shaped to meet the diverse needs of member youth services in an ever-changing world,” he added.
https://www.independent.ie/irish-news/four-in-10-young-people-worried-life-will-not-improve-for-them-in-next-five-years-41542342.html Four out of ten young people fear that their life will not improve in the next five years