After months of learning about data and information gathering the SYNC Youth Leadership Council created a survey that they distributed to their peers to find out what youth in Skyway. The surveys were distributed via social media, our partner organizations in SYNC, mailers in Skyway Water and Sewer bills, and dropping off surveys at all apartments that would accept them throughout Skyway. We got responses from 81 young people ages 6-24 who live in the Skyway/West Hill community.
The Youth Leadership Council asked their peers to rank the following priorities from most important to least.
EE= Early Education: Child care and preschools in our community
AH= Affordable Housing: To stabilize housing prices for homes that already exist, and creating new completely affordable housing for people who have lived in Skyway for a while.
IY= Investment in Skyway Youth: Government funding to pay for resources that will better impact youth in Skyway long term. Such as youth employment, Scholarship & Higher Education coaching, Interventions for at under-severed youth.
CGS= Community Gathering Spaces: For educational programming, artistic programming, community meeting rooms, sports and recreational activities and equipment, rooms for celebrations, out of school time programming, free food, and a place for our community to hang out.
PT= Public Transportation: Both to travel outside of Skyway, and to travel throughout the Skyway Community. Improved walkability and sidewalks.
As the graph above shows Affordable Housing and an Investment in Youth are the top two priorities for young people in Skyway. As we begin our second year of the Youth Leadership Council we will be focusing solely on housing affordability (as that’s a big enough, and complicated enough project for more then a year’s worth of work), learning about the issues, and advocating for positive change in our community.
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*The adult members of SYNC will work on pursuing all priorities, but with a focus on housing affordability and especially on an investment in Skyway Youth.