May 26, 2021
By: Jack Mullan
In February 2021, youth advocates and Citizens’ Committee for Children launched a survey that collected responses from more than 1,300 young people (ages 14 to 24) across New York City. The survey was designed and distributed in collaboration with hundreds of youth who wanted to hear from their peers on the issues that matter most to them in the build up to the 2021 municipal elections for mayor, city council, and borough president. Today, the results of the survey are released publicly in the form of an interactive report that outlines key findings on youth priorities for the next administration, and presents maps, tables, and tools for the public to explore data from the survey – diving into the experiences, opinions, and voices of youth by zip code, age, gender, and more.
The results of the survey capture responses from more than 1,330 young people, with a representative share from all five boroughs. Key takeaways include:
CCC’s 26 YouthAction Members launched Voicing Our Future, an initiative to survey a broad sample of NYC youth about their priorities in advance of the local elections, in September 2020. During weekly Zoom meetings, they worked with CCC staff to design a participatory process that engaged over 150 additional youth in focus groups on survey design, implementation, and unpacking preliminary findings.
Over 1,300 youth responded to the survey via SMS (text messaging) and on Google Forms, completing both closed- and open-ended questions that were generated from focus group conversations with dozens of young people. Every participant who completed the survey received a $5 gift card to CVS and was encouraged to share the link to the survey with their peers and networks. Data were collected from February 10 to March 17, 2021.
To learn more about these results and explore data from the survey, you can view or download a PDF of the report, embedded below, or click the box below to view the Google Data Studio in full.View Full Report: Voicing Our Future 2021 >
Scroll down in the PDF to navigate the report. Note that the visuals are not interactive in this embedded version, but can be accessed in the full report here.