For the first time in a Youth2000 survey, Youth19 included open text questions inviting students to express their own views on key issues. In this brief we summarise their responses to questions about the biggest problems for young people today and about what should be changed to support young people in New Zealand better. These questions were clearly marked as optional, and over 2700 students responded. Response rates are provided on the back page. Researchers coded and analysed students’ responses independently, and identified key themes that were common across different ages, genders, ethnicities and school deciles. This brief summarises the strongest and most prevalent themes.