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July 27, 2005
Toronto Youth - tell us what you think
The City of Toronto wants to know about the issues that are important to youth
and is undertaking a summer-long study to determine their priority concerns.
The Toronto Youth Survey, which includes a survey questionnaire and focus
groups, provides an opportunity for youth to have their voices heard. The
survey is expected to reach more than 2,000 youth, and will ask them to rate a
wide range of issues from housing to health, crime to recreation. It also asks
youth about how involved and included they feel in the community, and asks how
the City can best respond to their concerns. Surveys will be collected until
August 31.

The information gathered by the project will help shape City programs and
services for youth, and will help the City, community organizations, the
private sector and other orders of government advocate for a youth-positive
Toronto. The Toronto Youth Survey also provides summer employment to eight
young people.

Focus groups will be held at many locations across the city. They will provide
an opportunity for youth to discuss their experiences, ideas, needs and
expectations. The groups will be organized to include participants who reflect
the diverse character of Toronto's youth. Special efforts are being taken to
ensure the participation of harder to reach groups, such as the homeless,
disabled, newcomer, gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgendered, two-spirited and
queer youth.

"As a young person, I know how important it is for youth to be consulted about
decisions and programs that directly affect them," said Arti Mehta, a
University of Toronto graduate student who is co-ordinating the project for the
City's Social Development and Administration Division. "This survey gives youth
an opportunity to get their voices heard before these decisions are made."

Toronto's youth are encouraged to fill out the questionnaire and tell the City
what they think. The questionnaire is available at local libraries, recreation
centres and community agencies. As well, project staff will be collecting
information on the street and at youth events, festivals and gatherings. Youth
groups and youth-serving organizations can contact Arti Mehta to receive copies
of the survey. The questionnaire is also available online at

Results of the Toronto Youth Survey will be published late this fall as part of
the 2005 City of Toronto Youth Profile, which will also include an overview of
youth demographic trends and an inventory of community-based agencies serving

Media contact:

Arti Mehta
Project Co-ordinator
Social Development and Administration



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