Wagga's youth are being called on to share their struggles through 2020 in a bid to improve the available support networks.
From bushfires and drought to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, 2020 has seen the world continually pushed down, and the city's young people have a unique perspective on the trying times.
Mission Australia is calling on 15 to 19-year-olds across Wagga to participate in the Youth Survey 2020, sharing the issues they have faced and what they feel they need be supported.
Wagga's Mission Australia Youth on Track coordinator Hayden Wood said the feedback was a mutually beneficial process.
"It's helpful for us to understand what young people are going through and how it's effecting them in order to give them the best support," he said.
The current pandemic would be a recurring factor in the survey this year, according to Mr Wood.
"COVID-19 will obviously be a really big factor in this year's survey, both from a youth and service provider perspective," he said.
"We had a period there where services were completed online or over the phone as opposed to face to face, and while that did make things a bit difficult, it was really good to see the different ways we all could adapt to the situation."
Mr Wood said young people were strong and able to adapt, but the pandemic would still leave its mark.
"The young people were really receptive to the new way of support too, they are really resilient people," he said.
"It's hard to guess or predict how COVID-19 has affected everyone individually, and not only our youth, but our services, our local businesses and all private organisations.
"So what we hope to get out of this survey is a better understanding of how youth in our area want our services to adapt and how we can best support them."
In other news:
Mission Australia State Director Nada Nasser revealed early indications of Youth Survey 2020 results, and encouraged more young people across the nation to participate.
"As you would expect, early responses to Youth Survey 2020 so far show that COVID-19 is coming up as a major national issue affecting young people," she said.
"We are also seeing how experiences of the pandemic are impacting individually on young people's concerns, particularly their mental health.
"As young people adapt to the quickly changing landscape of the COVID-19 pandemic, it is more important than ever this year that we gather as many young voices as possible before the closing date of 14 August."