Youth Meaningful Work Survey concludes

Topic: Vision 2030

Date: 28 January 2024

Data will provide critical insights into the future of work for young people

The YMCA global Youth Meaningful Work Survey, organised in collaboration with Y Australia and Deloitte Australia, closed on 28 January 2024. 

The survey, launched in October 2023, asked 18-35-year-olds from around the globe what meaningful work means to them. It sought to capture their hopes, experiences, and aspirations for their work now and in the future. Results, collected from thousands of participants across six continents, will be used to help design evidence-based solutions for young people with young people.

With its conclusion, the survey now shifts to the next phase: data analysis, interpretation and reporting, with a report expected in the next month.

“Completing this survey is just the beginning, ” said World YMCA Secretary General Carlos Sanvee. “We’re now set to delve into the findings, aiming to translate the voices of young people into actionable insights and strategies. Every young person should have the opportunity to engage in meaningful, fulfilling work.”

About 80 Youth Champions worldwide were crucial in getting the survey to young people. They organised teams to post on social media, met with young people at YMCAs to complete the survey, answered questions and distributed paper copies to ensure those without digital access still had the opportunity to share input.

“It has been such a pleasure to engage with our Youth Champions over these past few months”, said Rehana Merali Merchant, who is coordinating the Meaningful Work Pillar Team. “We are extremely grateful for their dedication, energy and enthusiasm in helping us to design and deliver the survey”.

Click here for more on the Youth Champions and early results from the survey. 

Above photo: Youth Champions met virtually throughout the survey period to share what resonated with them.