This has been a year like no other, as we navigated the challenges of an ongoing health crisis, growing discontent with our collective response to racism, and a contentious election season. In times like these, MyVoice is proud to continue our important work to gather and disseminate young people’s opinions on the issues that matter the most in their lives.
Through the data collected through text message as part of the MyVoice survey, policy makers, public agencies, and community advocacy groups have the information that they need to ensure that forthcoming policy responses and services are rooted in the cares and concerns of the young people whose lives they seek to improve.
Despite the challenges that we face, our survey results show that young U.S. Americans are seeking positive change—and desire to use their own lived experiences to inform solutions for the challenges that we face as a nation.
As we look to the future, the opinions, energy, and perspectives of our young people are a tremendous resource. However, it is only through active and empathetic listening through tools such as the MyVoice survey that we can leverage this gift to help us build back better.
Tammy Chang, MD, MPH, MS