K to A: Families and Schools Together Program

Minahik Waskahigan School delivered the Families and Schools Together Program (FAST). FAST is a research based program that focuses on empowering and connecting children, parents, families, and schools to improve students’ educational climates as well as enhance community engagement. During the program, youth and parents talked at the school for 15 minutes about topics selected by the youth. While the sessions were mainly quiet in the beginning, by the end, youth and parents were talking well over the scheduled time and would request additional time to keep talking. Additionally, an increase was seen in participating parents’ presence in the school, their checking in with teachers, and helping actively to make plans to improve their child’s academic behaviours and grades. Formation of new friendships was also seen among the youth, as well as more positive parent-parent interactions, among participants in the program. Each parent and youth completed a survey at the beginning and end of the FAST program, and the data showed that parent-child, school-child, and parent-school relationships significantly changed in a positive direction in terms of communication, acceptance, and feeling of inclusion.

Support youth and community well-being through the collaborative action of community partners working together. Through evidence, tools and resources, SAYCW supports stakeholders to turn the knowledge gained through the youth health survey into health promoting action.

Youth-focused Mental Health Action Report shines light on challenges and ignites movement for solutions
A new report released this week is bringing attention to mental health challenges faced by more than 10,000 youth across the province—and actions at the grassroots level to ignite change.

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This report provides a brief review of the scientific literature on COVID-19 and its effects on youth health, with particular emphasis on mental health.  SAYCW shares relevant data from the pre-pandemic, 2019 SAYCW survey – these findings show how stressors and unhealthy behaviours that have been worsened by the pandemic (e.g., worry, connection with others, screen time, etc.) had impacted Saskatchewan youths’ health and well-being prior to the pandemic. Suggested health promotion actions to help mitigate the effects of COVID-19 and improve youth health and well-being are also shared.

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