A closer look at Australia's largest annual youth survey shows Indigenous teenagers are overwhelmingly optimistic about the future.
Mission Australia has released analysis of the responses of more than 600 Indigenous young people from its .
It shows young Aboriginal people are less likely to feel they can go to university, travel or get a job after high school.
But Mission Australia chief executive Toby Hall says more than two-thirds feel positive about the future.
"I think there's an underlying optimistic tone coming through that says the future is looking better than it was," he said.
"We've actually got an opportunity to succeed as part of Australian society and the concept of bridging the gap is becoming a reality."
Seventeen-year-old Aboriginal school girl Emma Tracey says she is pleased but shocked by the results.
She says several factors contribute to Indigenous people being unable to look towards a positive future.
"In my experience as someone who comes from a low socio-economic area, there's a higher rate of drug and alcohol abuse which leads to things like violence, crime and things like that."
The survey shows many see the importance of getting a job and are on the hunt for work.
Mr Hall says 45 per cent of respondents said they were looking for work, and almost half ranked getting a job as either extremely or very important.
"We're seeing a change now," he said.
"There's significant government focus and business focus on helping young Aboriginal people get a job and they're far better placed today than they were a few years ago.
"That excitement is borne out by opportunity now, I think, whereas a few years ago that probably wasn't the case.
"Now we're seeing that there's actually opportunity to match that desire for a job."
Emma Tracey says more could be done to encourage Aboriginal students to study after high school.
"I think that there needs to be more opportunities for young Aboriginal teens, like maybe workshops and university outreach facilities," she said.