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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 survyes 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 hiring new members for to start in the spring. Applications are being accepted on an ongoing basis. For more details, or to find out how to apply, email