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Local youth survey looking for participants

The survey is focused on nine dimensions of well-being
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The Children and Youth Planning Table of Waterloo Region (CYPT) has launched its second youth impact survey

It was developed through a partnership with the Canadian Index of Wellbeing, UNICEF Canada, the Ontario Trillium Foundation, and the Kitchener Waterloo Community Foundation.

The survey looks at nine different dimensions of well-being, such as youth safety, learning, and health. 

Organizers are looking for 1,000 participants to fill out the survey, with hopes results can help make the community a better place for all children and youth. 

In an interview with 570 NEWS, Alison Pearson, manager of CYPT said decision-makers rely on data.

She said often, that information comes from adults such as teachers, parents, or caregivers, meaning youth voices may not get heard. 

"Decision-makers and youth people alike are hoping that when we have data from a survey such as this, it leads to better decision making that's more in line with what young people are needing," Pearson said. 

Meantime, Adan Imran, youth connector, who's also part of the backbone team at CYPT, said the impact survey helps youth speak up about issues they face, such as the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. 

"Because I think (COVID-19) had a drastic change on youth's minds, thoughts, what they've been able to do, and perhaps what they haven't been able to do."

The youth impact survey runs until May 31, and is for youth ages nine to 18, with the nine to 13 age group needing consent from a parent or guardian.

Those who decide to participate get one volunteer hour, and a chance to win a prize. 

For more information, or to participate, CLICK HERE.

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