SAYCW administered its second survey cycle entitled the SAYCW Thriving Youth, Thriving Communities Survey (TYTCS) from March 4 to May 3, 2019. This survey covers a wide range of topics and encourages youth to share what is really going on in their lives. See our survey tool and survey poster. This survey allows schools, communities and others to have important discussions on student learning, health and well-being, and to take action to address the survey results.
SAYCW received a Certificate of Approval from the University of Saskatchewan Research Ethics Board in October 2018. SAYCW also revised the parent consent and information forms, and the student consent / assent forms and received a Certificate of Approval from the Research Ethics Board; as well as finalized the survey tool and school supports based on the pilot study and received a Certificate of Approval.
To learn more about SAYCW and the Thriving Youth, Thriving Communities Survey (TYTCS), view this 5 minute presentation:
Or watch this 15 minute presentation filmed at the Saskatchewan School Board Association Fall General Assembly 2018:
Government of Saskatchewan, Ministry of Education
“The Ministry of Education recognizes the work of the SAYCW and is supportive of the 2019 SAYCW Thriving Youth, Thriving Communities Survey. The student feedback, follow up actions, and the grant program will help make a difference in the lives of students in our province.”
Saskatchewan Health Authority
“The Thriving Youth, Thriving Communities Survey data will help inform population health promotion priorities, Health Network needs assessments, monitoring and reporting, and contribute to equity integrated health status reporting on youth. The value of this information will be in the actions it inspires in schools and communities, as well as across organizations dedicated to the health and well-being of youth. Surveying the health of Saskatchewan youth will bring attention to policy, environmental, and programming supports youth need to be resilient and thriving in their communities.”
The Saskatchewan Teachers’ Federation
“The Federation believes the Thriving Youth, Thriving Communities Survey has immense potential for improving youth well-being because it collects useful data directly from youth and provides it back to school and communities in a timely way… The results of the Thriving Youth, Thriving Communities Survey will assist the Federation in identifying areas of need for students and teachers and allow the organization to better advocate for appropriate supports for schools.”
The Saskatchewan School Boards Association
“On behalf of the Saskatchewan School Boards Association, I am pleased to support the Thriving Youth, Thriving Communities Survey 2019 that the Saskatchewan Alliance for Youth and Community Well-Being (SAYCW) is set to administer in Saskatchewan schools… We are also pleased that this important data stays in Saskatchewan and is made available to boards of education in the province, in support of improved student outcomes.”
The Public Health Agency of Canada (Manitoba and Saskatchewan Region)
“We value our involvement in the work of the SAYCW and look forward to ongoing provincial collaboration in using the data gathered from the survey to take action to improve health equity and the overall health and well-being of youth and communities in Saskatchewan.”
The Canadian Cancer Society
“Participating in the Thriving Youth, Thriving Communities Survey 2019 provides schools with custom analysis of issues facing its students and an opportunity to partner with stakeholders to address those issues. We encourage schools to take advantage of this valuable opportunity.”
First Nations & Inuit Health, Indigenous Services Canada (Saskatchewan Region)
“As a department, we look forward to the ongoing provincial collaboration by using the data gathered from the survey to improve health equity and advance the overall health and well-being of youth and communities in Saskatchewan, which includes First Nations Youth attending high schools on and off reserves.”
SAYCW received approval from the University of Saskatchewan Research Ethics Board in April 2018 to conduct a pilot study of the revised survey tool to be used in the second survey cycle. In preparation for survey cycle 2, SAYCW reviewed relevant literature and consulted over 50 field experts, content experts and community stakeholders to ensure that the survey tool included questions that would be most relevant to Saskatchewan schools, communities and organizations interested in improving youth health and well-being.
The pilot study consists of two phases. In phase 1, approximately 200 students in Grades 7 to 12 will complete an online version of the survey which will help to test the online system and new technology features in the survey, and to obtain feedback on the new and revised questions from the first survey cycle. The online survey will be refined and converted into a paper version (for remote schools with limited computer resources) and translated into French (online survey). Approximately 100 students will complete these two versions of the survey tool in phase 2 of the pilot study. This will help to verify that the refinements made from phase 1 were effective and will test the paper and French versions of the survey tool in terms of functionality.
Click on the links below to view the Thriving Youth, Thriving Communities Survey 2019 that was used in the pilot study and the survey that is currently being completed by students from Grades 7 to 12 across Saskatchewan.
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.
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.