Helen Mary Jones of Youth Cymru told ITV News young people need more encouragement to help better themselves during education.
1 in 5 young people currently believe they will end up on benefits if they do badly at school.
She said there must be better alternatives to academic education and young people must be given priority to not become a 'lost generation'.
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More than half of adults in Wales have experienced harm or a negative experience because of someone else's drinking, a new report has found.
A major review will be published later this morning into student finance and higher education in Wales.
Dull and damp for much of Wales as we start the day, with drier and brighter weather on the way this afternoon.