We can't afford not to: supporting young people within their families and communities from early adolescence to early adulthood

Authored by:

Ariella Meltzer, Kristy Muir

Status: Completed June 2014

Research Partners:

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One in five young people are disengaged from full-time school or work. They are at risk of social isolation, community disconnection and mental health problems. We know the problem, but we do not know how to address it. This Linkage Project, supported by the Australian Research Council, Department of Education and Training (formerly the Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations) and the Foundation for Young Australians, finds out from young people themselves in real time and in real context how we can best support them within their families and communities to remain fully engaged economically and socially. It follows young people, their parents and trusted adults in their lives for three consecutive years, followed by a nationally representative survey of a broader group of young people. Research findings aim to improve the way we as a society support young people to be remain socially and economically engaged and be active contributors as they move from early adolescence to early adulthood.

For further reading:

Muir, K., Jenkins, B. and Craig, L. (2015) Young people on or over the NEET cliff edge. In: te Riele, K. and Gorur, R. (eds) Interrogating Conceptions of ‘Vulnerable Youth’ in Theory, Policy and Practice. Rotterdam, Netherlands: Sense Publishers.

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  • 15.01.19 | 11:12AM

    I can only imagine how many more people would be productive and active members of our communities if there was an index and social push for businesses and jobs specifically for introverts and socially anxious people or for people that don't or can't get along with others.

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