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AHS IV Next Steps
Following the release of the 2008 Adolescent Health Survey results, we have been busy taking the results back to youth across the province in a variety of ways. Using the Next Steps model we are presenting the findings of the survey to youth in a meaningful way and engaging them in action to improve youth health in their community.
If you are interested in bringing a ‘Next steps’ workshop or workshop series to your community, please contact email@example.com
Achieving a lot in a day: Qualicum AHS IV Next Steps
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.
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.
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.
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.