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Youth Service launches online survey and iPod giveaway 7 January 2008

THE Department of Education’s Youth Service is surfing the technology wave, introducing its first online survey and offering an iPod touch to one lucky respondent.

The new survey is an up-to-date version of the traditional annual paper survey that was previously sent to youth clubs and projects specifically for the members.

This year the survey is aimed at all young people on the Island aged 11-19.

The Youth Service is also reaching into its pocket, putting on a free prize draw with an iPod touch up for grabs for the winner.

The survey is anonymous and those wishing to enter the free prize draw need only give their first name and a contact telephone number. Contact details will be treated as confidential and will not be used for any other reason.

Mike Clague, Youth and Community Adviser, said:

‘As a Youth Service, we strongly believe we should ask young people what they want so that we can tailor our services to meet those needs. This year, as well as finding ways to improve our clubs and projects, we would like to go beyond that and find out what we can do for young people who, for whatever reason, don’t use these facilities.’

The youth office is hoping that this new online formula will encourage more young people to complete the survey.

Mr Clague explained:

‘We feel an online survey is the best way to target this specific age group because they are so used to using this form of communication. It will also make the survey more accessible and convenient to fill out. Plus, it is better for the environment.’

The Youth Service is also hoping that this type of survey will encourage other agencies on the Island providing services to young people to find out exactly what our young people want and tailor their own services to meet these criteria.

This year’s survey has strong emphasis on school holidays and what young people would like to be made available to them during these periods. A survey for 8-11 year olds will be released later in 2008.

The survey only takes a few minutes to complete and is available now on the Youth Service website www.iomyouth.com

Survey responses can be submitted until the end of January. The winner of the iPod touch will be announced at the beginning of February.

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