Next Steps

The Next Steps is an interactive youth friendly workshop or workshop series used to take the results of McCreary research back to young people across the province.

Using what they have learned about youth health in their local community and about protective factors, youth then design and deliver a project to improve health in their community.

BC AHS Next Steps

Since the Next Steps was created in 1998, McCreary has taken the results of the BC Adolescent Health Survey (BC AHS) back to thousands of youth in communities across BC. The goals of the Next Steps are to:

  • Share results of the BC AHS with youth in across BC
  • Gather youth’s feedback and perspectives on the results
  • Support youth to design and deliver sustainable projects which address health issues they identify through the survey results

There have been many different versions of the Next Steps, ranging from a half day workshop to projects that have run for two years. The BC AHS V Next Steps, which ran between 2014 and 2016, engaged youth for three to six months in eight BC communities.

Download A Step Forward, to read about the 2013 BC AHS Next Steps workshops.

To run your own Next Steps workshop, please download our toolkit here.

This condensed version of the Next Steps is designed to be conducted during one class period. It contains everything that you need to organize a workshop, and can be tailored to fit your community.

For the accompanying powerpoint presentation, please click here.

Additional Resource

You may also be interested in our toolkit created following AHS IV: AHS IV: Toolkit to Engage Youth in Community Action.

For an accompanying powerpoint presentation, please click here.

Click here to read about BC AHS IV Next Steps projects.

Custody Next Steps

The Next Steps with youth in custody project shared the results of McCreary's Youth in Custody Survey to youth in three three BC Youth Custody Centres.

Read more about the Next Steps with youth in custody, and watch claymation videos by clicking here.

Aboriginal Next Steps

The Aboriginal Next Steps workshop series was created to share results from Raven's Children II: Aboriginal Youth Health in BC. It has since been adapted to share the results of Raven's Children III and IV.

Read more about these projects by clicking here.

Homeless and Street Involved Youth Next Steps

Next Steps workshops have also been held following McCreary's Homeless and Street Involved Youth Surveys (HSIYS).

Young people from eight communities across BC took part in workshops following the 2006 HSIYS. Youth from each community then came together to create a report and to make claymation films documenting key youth health issues.

You can download a copy of the report, Improving the Odds, here.