K to A: Positive FNMI Media

Punnichy Community High School purchased media equipment and trained students on how to use it to create a media club for youth to have the tools and skills necessary to create positive images of themselves and their communities.

Students created their own mini-media products including daily vlogs and mini-documentaries. The club members also had the opportunity to visit several local broadcasting stations who gave them the experience of operating studio equipment. The youth also visited CBC Regina and were given a tour and met with their staff members.

There was also a 17% increase in school attendance among club members and “students who began projects remained active throughout the year and helped fellow students with theirs.” Teachers also commented that students in the media club had “developed increased confidence… positive image, determination, initiative.”

Participating youth themselves reported that “they felt better about themselves and their community.” These same students also created their own additional media projects “building and putting their own positive identity into them.” Several students connected with their Elders, kookums, mushums, and parents to create mini-documentaries.

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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