Community organisation Youth Action has released a report on how negative stereotypes affect young people who live in Greater Western Sydney.Greater Western Sydney is an ever changing landscape that is shaped by its communities, regardless of age, gender and diversity.Since April of this year, Youth Action have engaged with close to 900 young people aged 12-25 in Greater Western Sydney proposing the question: "What Makes You Smile About Where You Live?".The report points to a positive sense of identity felt among young people living in Greater Western Sydney, who feel a sense of responsibility towards engaging and developing the region.Martin Kwakwa spoke with Youth Action CEO Katie Achieson.
What the survey found:
Negative stereotypes about Western Sydney are outdated. Young people are excited and optimistic about life in Western Sydney.
Young people positively identify as belonging to Western Sydney, an identity which is strongest when they are engaged and feel accepted.
Young people view themselves as assets, essential to addressing the region's challenges, as well as contributing to the success of Western Sydney.
Four main elements that make Greater Western Sydney thrive:
People: People in Western Sydney are welcoming and accepting
Culture: Western Sydney celebrates cultural diversity
Community: Western Sydney is a connected, supportive, and friendly community
Place: Young people love the uniqueness of Western Sydney