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New research reveals majority of young people in Ireland are hopeful for the future post COVID-19

Almost 70 per cent of young people (aged 16-19) in Ireland are optimistic that society will change for the better in the aftermath of the COVID-19 pandemic, according to new research from Young Social Innovators and  Amárach Research.

The results of the research come five and a half weeks since the closure of schools across the country, and offers rich insight into how young people are coping with life during the ongoing public health emergency, and of their perceptions of what life may look like afterwards. Key findings include:

Those surveyed hope that wider society will re-evaluate life, and appreciate that which may have previously been taken for granted. They are also aware of communities coming together and hope that this will continue, as well as the positive environmental impact of the economic shutdown.

Sarah Rooney, Associate Director, Amarach Research

Such contribution and participation should be encouraged and enabled as we collectively deal with and begin to emerge from this crisis to rebuild our country. Any discussions of the kind of world we wish to live in after this crisis must include young people’s perspectives

Rachel Collier , YSI CEO & Co-founder