Research and Action for Youth Health

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Youth Research Academy

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.

New report

Youth Research Slam:A model for engaging experiential youth in community-based research

In March 2017, the Youth Research Academy hosted a Research Slam, which trained other youth in community-based research skills over a two-week period. As part of the project, Research Slam participants created an online survey about how youth manage stress, which was distributed to 586 young people world wide over one weekend.This report highlights the results of that survey and details the Research Slam process.

Download the report here.

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 nutrition and mental health

Over spring break, 17 young people took part in the Youth Research Slam to create and deliver a research project about nutrition and mental health. Participants analyzed data from the BC Adolescent Health Survey and created their own survey to ask youth about their experiences with nutrition and mental health. They then analyze the data from 79 completed surveys and pulled out key findings for a report.

A workshop toolkit is being created to share the findings with youth groups and begin a dialogue about nutrition and mental health. The toolkit will build on a workshop created following the 2017 Research Slam which investigated stress and coping among youth.

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