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Other 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.


Aboriginal Next Steps (ANS) II


The ANSII project ran in 10 communities across BC: Courtenay, Bella Bella, Prince Rupert, Hazelton, Nisga’a, Prince George, Lytton, Westbank, Cranbrook, and Skeetchestn (2007-2009). Having learned about the AHS III results Aboriginal youth picked out the health issues of most importance to them and developed projects to address these issues. Many of these projects are still going strong and the project won the 2009 Solicitor General’s Award for Children and Youth leadership.

ANSII Project Highlights include:

International award winning Claymation films; creating a youth council to work with the school board to reduce the percentage of youth dropping out of school; supporting a youth leadership training that included a future leaders conference; developing a multi-school photojournalism and traditional language project; designing conferences and camps to ‘build bridges’ between youth and local Elders; and coordinating a mentorship project that pairs senior students with junior youth to help ease the younger students’ transition to high school.

Some films made by youth as part of the project were shown at the Bangkok International Harm Reduction Festival and the Vancouver International Film Festival.

Please see individual communities below for summary of the first part of the ANSII project to view the youth's films.

Bella Bella
Prince George
Prince Rupert

The ANSII project has been completed. For a full summary and update of the communities projects, please download a copy of the ANS II report. *please note: this may be revised due to community feedback.

To download a copy of the evaluation report for this project, please click here.





In 2001, youth facilitators from McCreary set off to facilitate the Next Step workshop in six Aboriginal communities.

Voices from the Inside: Next Steps with Youth in Custody

The Next Steps is an interactive workshop series that gives youth the opportunity to respond to the results of McCreary’s youth health research. It was adapted to give youth in custody the opportunity to respond to the results of the McCreary Centre Society’s 2004 survey of BC youth in custody. The Next Steps gave youth in custody an opportunity to share their experiences; explore what supports would help them stay out of custody; and to make recommendations for change in the custody system. To order | Download (1,273 KB pdf)


Street involved and marginalized youth


Marginalized and street involved youth from across the province got the chance to comment on the 2006 McCreary study of homeless [see report Against the Odds] and inadequately housed young people.

Youth from 8 communities came together at the end of the workshops to create a report and made 3 films documenting the key youth health issues raised at the workshops. To download a copy of the report, please click here.


AHS III Next Steps


The results of the 2003 Adolescent Health Survey were shared with 440 youth through 13 workshops.Youth’s top 4 health priorities were alcohol and drug use, mental health and suicide, racism and discrimination and sexual health.

The Next Steps: A Toolkit to Engage Youth in Community Action

The Next Steps is a workshop series that provides youth, along with supportive adults, an opportunity to: discuss the results of the 2003 BC Adolescent Health Survey; identify priority issues; and plan projects for improving the health of youth in their communities. The Next Steps Toolkit contains everything needed to put on a successful and fun Next Steps workshop. Read More.

Looking Back, Stepping Forward (report)

A youth driven evaluation of the Next Steps workshops that followed the 2003 Adolescent Health Survey has led to a number of changes in the way workshops are carried out, including offering additional support for youth to carry out the projects they identify as needed in their communities.Youth who had participated also reported that they would have liked to have received information from the Adolescent health Survey at a younger age.

Aboriginal Next Steps I

The Aboriginal Next Steps I (2001) workshop series included youth from Blueberry River, Nass valley, Smithers, Vanderhoof, Williams lake and Pavilion Band. The second ANS project was the award winning Aboriginal Next Steps II (2007-2009).