Youth Index 2017
Today we publish The Prince's Trust Macquarie Youth Index for 2017. Based on a YouGov survey, the report takes an in-depth look into the views and outlooks of young people aged 16 to 25.
Our 2017 Macquarie Youth Index reveals that young people's happiness and wellbeing are at their lowest levels since the study was first commissioned in 2009.
This report reveals that more than a quarter of young people do not feel in control of their lives, and that a crisis of confidence in their own abilities and future prospects is preventing them from realising their true potential.
Equally shocking is that many young people feel trapped by their situation, with almost a fifth saying they do not have the ability to change their circumstances if they want to. Things are even worse for young people who are not in employment, education or training (NEET), who are more likely to be unhappy and lacking in self-belief than those who are.
The Index takes an in-depth look into the views and outlooks of young people aged 16 to 25. It gauges young people’s feelings about their lives today and their feelings about the future.
- More than a quarter of young people (28 per cent) do not feel in control of their lives
- A third of young people (36 per cent) do not feel in control of their job prospects
- More than one in ten (16 per cent) think their life will amount to nothing, no matter how hard they try
- A fifth of young people (18 per cent) do not think they have the ability to change their circumstances if they want to
- The situation is even worse for NEET young people, who are more likely to feel worried about their circumstances and future
- 34 per cent of young people think they will have a worse standard of living than their parents
- 42 per cent of young people feel traditional goals like owning a house or getting a steady job are unrealistic
Dame Martina Milburn DCVO CBE
The Prince’s Trust