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Next Steps

The Next Steps is an interactive youth friendly workshop or workshop series used to take the results of McCreary research back to young people across the province. Using what they have learned about youth health in their local community and about protective factors, youth then design and deliver a project to improve health in their community.


BC AHS Next Steps


Since the Next Steps was created in 1998, McCreary has taken the results back to thousands of youth in communities across BC. The goals of the Next Steps are to:

  • Share results of the BC AHS with youth in communities across the province
  • Collect youth’s feedback and perspectives on the results
  • Support youth to design and deliver sustainable projects which address health issues they identify through the BC AHS results

Since 1998, there have been many different versions of the Next Steps, ranging from a half day workshop to projects that have run for two years. Between 2014 and 2016, this initiative was designed to engage youth for three to six months, and took place in eight communities.

Download A Step Forward, the full report on the Next Steps projects from the fifth BC AHS.

Read about the Next Steps projects from AHS IV by clicking here.


Addtional Resource Available: AHS V Next Steps Toolkit


To run your own Next Steps workshop, please download our guide. This condensed version of the Next Steps is designed to be conducted during one class period. It contains everything that you need to organize a workshop, and can be tailored to be reflective of your community.

Download / Accompanying Powerpoint



Previous AHS Next Steps Resources


To download the AHS IV Toolkit, please click here.

For the accompanying powerpoint presentation, please click here.

You may also be interested in our toolkit created following AHS III

AHS III: Toolkit to Engage Youth in Community Action



Specific Next Steps


Next Steps projects have also been carried out with Aboriginal youth, youth who were homeless and street involved, and youth with mental health challenges. A ‘by youth for youth’ evaluation of the Next Steps has also been conducted.


Read more about these specific Next Steps projects by clicking here.


Custody Next Steps


The Next Steps with youth in custody project returned the results of McCreary's Youth in Custody Survey to youth at the three BC Youth Custody Centres.

Read more about the Next Steps in custody, and watch claymation videos by clicking here.