McCreary Centre Society is a non-government not-for-profit committed to improving the health of BC youth through research, evaluation and community based projects. Our vision is that all youth are supported to be healthy and connected.
In honour of National Child and Youth Mental Health Day on May 7th, McCreary hosted a webinar on youth mental health. The webinar included two presentations:
For young people in BC to thrive and become healthy and contributing adults, they need caring, supportive relationships; opportunities to grow, develop, and challenge themselves; and the resources to participate in their community. Providing these supports can also reduce a wide range of health-risk behaviours.
This poster series shares data from the 2018 BC Adolescent Health Survey (BC AHS) about youth’s experiences with supportive adults in their schools and communities, and highlights the positive role such adults can play in youth's lives.
The BC Health and Wellness Youth Advisory Council is now full and a wait list has been established. The Provincial YAC is open to all BC youth in Grades 8 to 11.
The Trevor Coburn Memorial Grants program has been established in honour of Trevor Coburn, who passed away suddenly in August 2020. Trevor was involved with McCreary for over 15 years as a member of the YAC, a peer and adult mentor, and as a researcher and facilitator on projects related to homelessness and substance use. Trevor’s passion for helping to improve the lives of BC’s most vulnerable young people was admired and respected by all who had the opportunity to know him.
In June, September, and December 2020, 28 youth researchers from across BC collected over 3,500 surveys from their peers about their experiences with vaping during the COVID-19 pandemic. Our sincere thanks are due to the young people across BC who completed a survey and to the youth researchers who made it all possible!
The Youth Research Academy is surveying BC youth aged 18 to 20 who are either currently in government care (or an alternatives to government care such as on a Youth Agreement) or have aged out within the past year.
The survey takes about 20 minutes to complete, and youth receive a $20 e-gift card for completing the survey. Youth who complete the survey have the option to complete further surveys about every six months after that and receive a $20 e-gift card for each time point completed.