Indicators to monitor youth well-being
Background Objectives The Team Outputs
Concerns around large groups of ‘socially excluded’ youth dominate the public and policy discourses in South Africa. Available research points to the large numbers of young people who remain unemployed, with poor educational outcomes and low skills levels, possibly engaged in substance abuse or gang related activities, living in informality and “trapped” on the outskirts of the country’s cities. However, little coherent understanding exists about the realities that shape young people’s lives, how they change over time or differ from one community to another, and about the way in which youth still manage to make positive decisions in their specific contexts. This lack of understanding severely constrains the ability of policies and interventions to break into these vicious cycles and optimally support youth in their attempts to forge positive and transformative pathways.