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Youth Research Academy

2018 Youth Research Slam

Registration is now full. If you would like to put your name on the wait list, please contact us at the email below.

Have you ever wondered how someone’s diet is linked to their mental health? Are you interested in research and how it can be shared in a way that is effective, interesting, and fun?

Join the Youth Research Slam to make new connections and build skills in data analysis, report writing, and facilitation!

No research experience needed, and food, bus fare, and honoraria will be provided!

Who: Youth aged 15-24. Priority will be given to youth with experience of government care or living on a Youth Agreement.

When: March 20-22 & March 27-29 from 12:00-4:00PM (6 sessions over 2 weeks)

Where: McCreary Centre Society, 3552 East Hastings Street, Vancouver

For more information, contact Katie at, or 604-291-1996 ext. 233.


The Youth Research Slam is organized and hosted by McCreary's Youth Research Academy.

More than Grades

As part of a larger project conducted by the BC Office of the Representative for Children and Youth, McCreary and the YRA were asked to capture the perspectives of youth in and from government care with respect to the barriers and supports they experience in achieving educational success.

For this project, the YRA took lead responsibility for analyzing the quantitative data collected through surveys, and participated in qualitative analysis of open-ended survey questions. In addition, they worked together to select the key findings. They also took the results back to youth who had participated in the survey to get their perspectives on the findings, and are continuing to share the results with young people and adults through presentations and workshops.

Download the report here.

Click here to download a copy of the Provincial Intermediate and Middle Years Teachers' Association Fall 2017 newsletter, which features recommendations from the project written by members of the YRA.

Download 'Room for Improvement', the full report from the BC Office of the Representative for Children and Youth here.

The report includes input from individuals in the school and care systems, such as teachers, social workers and foster parents. It also includes youth input gathered by McCreary and the YRA.

The report shares suggestions from project participants and identifies areas in which children and youth in care can be better supported in their educational achievement.


Click here to download a 4-page summary of the report.

Youth Research Slam project investigates stress and coping

Over spring break 2017, 10 young people took part in the Youth Research Slam to create and deliver a research project about how young people manage stress. Using their own experiences and those of their friends, participants created a survey which asked participants about the stress in their lives and what techniques they used to cope with it. They then learned to analyze the data from 586 completed surveys and to pulled out key findings for a report.

The young people involved then created a workshop to take the findings back to youth groups and begin a dialogue about positive ways young people can manage stress.

For more information on this youth-led project on stress and coping, or to book a workshop, please contact

To download the media release, click here.

About the YRA

The YRA is a group of youth aged 16 to 24 with experience of the government care system. Members of the YRA are trained to conduct research projects of interest to youth in and from government care and the agencies that serve them.

The YRA is currently hiring new members. For more details click here.