McCreary Centre Society

Youth Health - Youth Research - Youth Engagement

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.

Looking for youth workers and youth to help administer the 2023 BC HYS

We are rolling out the Homeless Youth Health and Wellness Survey (BC HYS), a survey of young people (aged 12-27) who are homeless, unstably housed, or at risk of homelessness, in communities across the province. We are looking for youth workers and young people to help with survey administration from February to April 2023. No research experience is required and all training will be provided.

This is a survey that has been developed by youth with homelessness experience in partnership with service providers from across BC.

Report Launch: Youth mental health and the COVID-19 pandemic: Conversations with young people

This report shares the perspectives of over 200 youth in the VCH region about the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on their mental health and well-being. The report also offers their suggestions for how young people’s well-being can be better supported in their communities.

To access the report, click here.

Developing an index of adolescent deprivation for use in British Columbia

McCreary has published an article in the Child Indicators Research Journal on developing a measure that captures the experiences of deprivation among youth in BC. Inspired by a model successful used in the UK to measure material deprivation, the BC Youth Deprivation Index was developed ahead of the 2018 BC Adolescent Health Survey and collected results from over 38,000 BC youth. Click here to access the article.

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