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Access to housing and employment are the issues that matter most to young people aged between 15 and 30 years of Totana (17/04/2009)

Access to housing and employment are the issues that matter most to young people aged between 15 and 30 years of Totana, as reveals the first study on the situation of youth in the municipality.

This was announced by the councilman of Youth, Josefa María Sánchez Méndez, and the representative of the cooperative enterprise The Key Social Promotion, Juan Antonio Martínez, at the launch of this study, which aims to learn the reality of young people of the town, and falls in the Municipal Youth Plan Totana.

The mayor stressed the need to carry out this study, conducted by "The Key", because "so far had not envisaged such a comprehensive study to take out to float the most significant aspects of youth totanera, with intended to serve to know what the reality of young people in the municipality and constituting a reference tool for the development of future actions, undertaken both by the City Council, as from associations and the social fabric. "

With this study, this instrument is intended to serve as a starting point for creating spaces where young people themselves thought to analyze what is the reality, what their needs are, how to deal with ... and propose actions that involve all the local social agents, as the mayor said, who noted that the results shown by the analysis of youth reality totanera can cull a number of conclusions that affect different areas of the municipal area.

To carry out this report has used a quantitative methodology based on the survey method (which has been carried out by young people themselves), making a total of 509 surveys a total of 7,321 young people registered in Totana.

A novelty in this study is that it has taken into account the reality of young Spanish people and migrants living in Totana, since 38 percent of local youth are a citizen of Ecuador, Bolivia and Morocco.

From the data, note that most young people live in homes of their parents, unable to free themselves, 23 percent in rented accommodation and 13 percent homeownership.

Also, 27 percent live in couples (18 percent are married, cohabiting 8 percent and 0.2 percent are unmarried), and 18 percent already have a child.

Of all respondents, 26 per cent are currently studying (men mostly opt for technical careers and women in the social sciences and humanities).

Also, the research data emerge as that 60 percent believe good health, 44 percent report smoking, 70 percent admit consuming alcohol and 15 percent say they eat other types of drugs other than alcohol or snuff.

On the other hand, Josefa María Sánchez, said that the development of this study falls within the Municipal Youth Plan for Totana, which is under development, and aims to facilitate the coordination of all actions aimed at youth in the municipality both from the different areas of local government and from other institutions and organizations working in the field of youth.

With the implementation of this Plan, to be finalized in May, it will give the municipality of a framework instrument that gives meaning to the youth policy of the City.

Once developed the Plan, according to the mayor, there will be a day of reflection to increase the participation framework.

This day will be the organization of working groups addressing the various areas that make up the Plan which provides for the participation of many people from different spheres of social life in the town that directly or indirectly working in the field of youth education, business, unions, associations, animal health, sporting, social, and so on.

Finally, the mayor reported that this study will be published on the website of the City of Totana and the Institute of Youth in the Region of Murcia.

Source: Ayuntamiento de Totana. Fotos:

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