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McCreary is hiring Research Assistants for the Youth Research Academy

Positions are available to young people ages 16-24 with government care experience. Hours of work are Tuesdays and Thursdays from 12:00-4:30PM with occassional weekend work. Positions start immediately, and the Academy runs until February, 2018. The rate of pay is $12.50 per hour.

For a detailed job description, click here.

For more information, contact, or call 604-291-1996. To download an application, click here (Word) or here (PDF).

The Youth Research Academy aims to represent the diversity of youth in care in BC. We particularly welcome Aboriginal youth, youth with a disability, visible minority youth, and LGBTQ2S youth to apply.



Youth Research Slam project investigates stress and coping


This spring break, 10 young people took part in the Youth Research Slam to create and deliver a research project about how young people manage stress. Using their own experiences and those of their friends, participants created a survey which asked participants about the stress in their lives and what techniques they used to cope with it. They then learned to analyze the data from 586 completed survyes and to pulled out key findings for a report.

The young people involved have decided to keep going with their project and are now creating a workshop to take the findings back to youth groups and begin a dialogue about positive ways young people can manage stress.

Stay tuned for details on upcoming workshops.

To download the media release, click here.



Research and consultation projects


These reports have come out of McCreary's youth research and consultation projects. They detail young people’s feedback and recommendations on a variety of topics related to youth health policy and programming in BC. For more information about McCreary's youth-engaged research and consultation services, please contact



Becoming Whole


Becoming Whole profiles the experiences of young people who have struggled with substance use and mental health challenges, and shares their suggestions for creating and supporting youth engaged services. Please click here to download a copy of the report.



Take Me By The Hand


Take Me By The Hand further explores the responses of youth participants in focus groups for the Still Waiting report recently released by the Representative for Children and Youth. The report profiles the experiences of young people who have accessed mental health services in BC. Please click here to download the report.



Measuring Our Health and Treat Us Like We Matter


As part of the larger Growing up in BC project of BC’s Representative for Children and Youth and Provincial Health Officer, McCreary released two reports. The first, Measuring Our Health, records BC youth's feedback on the initial indicators proposed for measuring child and youth health and their suggestions for additional indicators. The second, Treat Us Like We Matter, offers youth's feedback on the data collected to measure child and youth health and their ideas to improve youth health in the province. Over 200 youth across the province were involved in the project. To download a copy of Measuring Our Health, please click here. To download a copy of Treat Us Like We Matter, please click here.

Films made as part of the project are also available to view. Please click here to see a video from a spoken word workshop that McCreary hosted.



Youth Injection Prevention Project


The final report from the Youth Injection Prevention Project (YIPP), an initiative run by the BC Centre for Disease Control, identifies risk and protective factors against the transition into injection drug use among street-involved youth. It includes descriptions of interactive youth workshops the YIPP team facilitated with support from McCreary. The report can be downloaded on the BCCDC’s website here.



Youth Included!


Youth Included! provides perspectives and recommendations from urban youth in British Columbia about their participation in the family justice system when parents separate under the Family Relations Act. The report can be downloaded on SparcBC’s website here.