Future challenges for young people

This section examines: How the world of work is changing How young people can be enterprising How young people can lead social action How to connect young people with the region

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The Overview

Our future depends on young people creating a strong economy and civic society

We are not lacking in the dynamic forces needed to create the future. We live immersed in a sea of energy beyond all comprehension.

Thomas Berry, theologian

Young people can build a prosperous, equitable and interesting society

FYA believes Australia’s best future lies with a generation of young people that can create a prosperous and equitable society. While a good society will mean different things to different people, its foundations lie in:

  • a strong economy that provides people with a good material standard of living, generated through participation in work and education, and
  • a strong social and civic culture that provides a high quality of life in our communities, generated through people’s participation in “public life” including:
    • the contribution to others that fosters kindness, respect, reduces negative behaviours and creates a feeling of a meaning and purpose
    • decision-making that determines how societies distribute the resources that shape choices and opportunities and determine how we solve issues (Pope 2011).

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Participation in work and public life in Australia is being reshaped by dynamics in the global economy. In the future, young people will need to be prepared:

  • For a changing world of work, because careers will happen in a much more complex, competitive and insecure labour market, and
  • To contribute and lead change because global challenges will only be resolved if young people find new ways of doing things – in business, communities, government and the global realm.

At FYA, we believe change is likely to continue into the future and we will need a generation of creative, innovative and optimistic young people to turn the challenges change presents into opportunities.

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