K to A: Robotics for Makerspace

McLurg High School created a Robotics program to engage with students more while also increasing their understanding of robotics, scripting, and programming. Its primary goal was to improve school attendance and “resiliency among students who are sometimes on the periphery of the action.” Additionally, they aimed to decrease negative behaviors through the Robotics Club by creating a greater variety of  opportunities for students. 

Among youth in the club, there was a decrease in the number of self-harm concern reports. There was also an increase in school attendance and engagement in other coursework among youth who participated. Additionally, club members registered for Distance Education computer courses, requested more challenging projects and robotic materials, and there was an increase in robotic books/magazines being signed out from the library.

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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