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AHS Next Steps

After every Adolescent Health Survey, we take the results back to youth across the province in a variety of ways. Using the Next Steps model we present the findings of the survey to youth in a meaningful way and engaging them in action to improve youth health in their community. The AHS V Next Steps will commence soon. If you are interested in bringing the Next Steps to your school or community please email nextsteps@mcs.bc.ca

Read more about the AHS IV Next Steps projects below

Achieving a lot in a day: AHS IV Next Steps

Qualicum

Qualicum Beach School District recently invited McCreary staff to present a one day workshop in which youth, teachers, and youth service providers came together to learn about, discuss, and address youth health issues in Qualicum.

Following a youth friendly presentation of the survey results, youth created claymation films, supported by Reel Youth. At the same time the adults received the AHS IV regional survey results and developed action plans based on the results. In the afternoon, the adults presented their action plans to the youth and the youth presented their films which focused on sexual health, the need for more community youth events, and promoting caring relationships.

A dialogue session between youth and the adults followed, and they worked together to create concrete plans to address the health needs of local young people.

Currently, Qualicum is continuing to develop initiatives based on the discussions held at the Next Steps workshop. Examples include: educating other community members and school staff on the AHS IV regional survey results, forming a community youth planning committee to develop more youth-led events, following up on sexual health concerns expressed by youth, and integrating AHS IV survey results into school curriculum.

To see the videos youth made, please click here.



Grand Forks

The Grand Forks Community Dialogue brought together 85 Grade 7 students from several dif¬ferent elementary schools in School District 51 to discuss the AHS results and offer suggestions for what was needed to improve youth health in the area.

Grade 10 and 11 peer counsellors from Grand Forks Secondary School who were trained to as Next Steps facilitators guided a series of roundtable discussions with the Grade 7 students. Following the roundtables, students compiled a list of the top issues in their community and their suggestions for how to tackle them. Their ideas were then presented to adults in the afternoon. Adult participants included school personnel, health professionals, parents, community workers and the local media.

A report generated from the students’ discussions is now being used to inform policy and programming within the school district.

Sustainable projects come from AHS IV data: Workshop Series

The results of the 2008 Adolescent Health Survey (AHS IV) have also been taken back to youth in four communities across the province over the course of 4 months through McCreary’s Next Steps Workshop Series.

This version of the Next Steps included an ongoing series of workshops in which youth learned the results of the survey, created Claymation videos with Reel Youth and planned a community-based project. The projects were created and organized by youth to address issues they felt were important to young people in their community. A $2000 grant was provided to support each of their projects.

To read about the programs in Burnaby, Slocan, Prince George and Powell River, and to see the videos that youth made with the funding please click here.



More Next Steps Workshops and Claymation videos

McCreary has held a number of other Next Steps workshops across the province.

To see the videos that youth make please click here.

Do your own Next Steps: The 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.

To download the guide, please click here.

For an accompanying powerpoint presentation, please click here.

Positive Mental Health

The Next Steps was adapted to be facilitated over 4 months in a Psychology class at Burnett Secondary School. Grade 11 and 12 students learned the results of the BC AHS IV and discussed ways to promote positive mental health in their school. Key issues identified included stress and pressure, diversity and discrimination, and creating supportive spaces for all students.

Working in small groups, the Psychology students drew on local results from the survey to create seven fun and interactive workshops on topics related to mental health and wellbeing, each with the theme ‘What I wish I knew in Grade 8.’ All seven Grade 8 classes at Burnett Secondary participated in the peer-led workshops at an event day at the end of the Semester.

Feedback from the workshop participants was overwhelmingly positive. They expressed appreciation for the peer-led process, as well as an interest in seeing the workshop facilitated with grade 8 students again in the future.

A film from the event day can be viewed on YouTube.