More than half of Victoria’s youth have experienced discrimination, according to a survey conducted by the City of Victoria’s youth council.
Many feel judged because of their age, or the way they look, youth council members told city council last week.
The survey received 350 responses from a variety of youth. It found 32 per cent are very unsatisfied with the availability of affordable housing; 60 per cent feel violence is an issue in Victoria; and transportation challenges, such as bus frequency, are the most important issues facing youth.
The ambitious survey cast a wide, but superficial net, leaving city council asking for more in-depth information in future surveys.
Youth council is a grass-roots group of 10 people aged 14 to 24. Its goal is to represent youth issues to elected officials, and to launch initiatives to engage youth.
So what do young people want in their community?
“By far, the most common comment (in the survey) was a bowling alley,” said Sarah Amyot, the youth council co-ordinator.
Mayor Dean Fortin pointed out the city already has two bowling facilities, “but they’re lawn bowling facilities.”
“I don’t know, maybe we could do night lawn bowling … it might be a cool place to go.”