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Youth Advisory Council hears from students directly

HANCOCK – There are many organizations that advocate for the needs of the youth. But not always are the youth consulted in what those needs may be. In order to more accurately assist youth in Houghton and Keweenaw Counties through its grant awards, the Keweenaw Community Foundation’s Youth Advisory Council (YAC) wanted to know from students themselves what they felt their own needs are.

In 2014, the YAC conducted a survey in which several Houghton County schools participated. They included Houghton, Calumet, Hancock, Jeffers, Dollar Bay, Lake Linden-Hubbell, and Chassell.

The survey was offered to students grades 7-12 and asked four questions: What grades were students in at the time the survey was conducted; which issues students felt were concerns of youth in the area; which issues would they address to improve conditions for youth; and which programs and activities listed in the survey would be beneficial to themselves or other youth in the community.

Survey results showed that not all students answered all of the questions while taking the survey. For example, while 996 students answered question 1, 946 answered question 2; 833 responded to question 3; and 868 respondants to question 4.

The majority of students responding to the survery were in 7th grade, comprising 25.1 percent of the total. Students in 10th grade made up 19.8 percent of the group; those in 8th grade made up the lowest number at 8.8 percent, or just 88 students.

The survey revealed some surprising results. The issues confronting students are more than just academic in nature, revealing there is also a social culture many parents may not be thoroughly aware of.

Part Two of this series will examine what the findings of the survey revealed.

Youth Advisory Council hears from students directly

HANCOCK – There are many organizations that advocate for the needs of the youth. But not always are the youth consulted in what those needs may be. In order to more accurately assist youth in Houghton and Keweenaw Counties through its grant awards, the Keweenaw Community Foundation’s Youth Advisory Council (YAC) wanted to know from students themselves what they felt their own needs are.

In 2014, the YAC conducted a survey in which several Houghton County schools participated. They included Houghton, Calumet, Hancock, Jeffers, Dollar Bay, Lake Linden-Hubbell, and Chassell.

The survey was offered to students grades 7-12 and asked four questions: What grades were students in at the time the survey was conducted; which issues students felt were concerns of youth in the area; which issues would they address to improve conditions for youth; and which programs and activities listed in the survey would be beneficial to themselves or other youth in the community.

Survey results showed that not all students answered all of the questions while taking the survey. For example, while 996 students answered question 1, 946 answered question 2; 833 responded to question 3; and 868 respondants to question 4.

The majority of students responding to the survery were in 7th grade, comprising 25.1 percent of the total. Students in 10th grade made up 19.8 percent of the group; those in 8th grade made up the lowest number at 8.8 percent, or just 88 students.

The survey revealed some surprising results. The issues confronting students are more than just academic in nature, revealing there is also a social culture many parents may not be thoroughly aware of.

Part Two of this series will examine what the findings of the survey revealed.