K to A: Kitchener Community School Playground Revitalization Project

Teachers, administrators, students, and community members worked to revitalize the senior side of the school playground at Kitchener Community School. The area was not being utilized due to it consisting of a “field full of weeds” with very little to do there during recess or before / after school. This left students sitting or standing around “instead of engaging in movement and learning through play”. The goal of the project was to increase student movement and learning, as well as increase family and community engagement, by providing a high-quality and culturally relevant outdoor playground and learning space. With the additional donation of an old play structure from another school, the grantees were able to pair their new cement pad with the structure to create a Circle of Courage outdoor classroom as well. There has since been an increase in use of the area by students as well as families and community members.

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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