Youth in Waterloo Region between the ages 9 and 18 have the opportunity to participate in the Youth Impact Survey. The Youth Impact Survey was developed in partnership WITH young people in Waterloo Region and asks well-being questions on a variety of topics.
Last summer, the Children and Youth Planning Table, UNICEF Canada, the Canadian Index of Wellbeing, and the Ontario Trillium Foundation partnered to run the pilot version of the Youth Impact Survey in Waterloo Region. The survey included questions about belonging, mental and emotional health, security, protection and other topics. Waterloo Region was the first community in Canada to test out the survey and after getting feedback from the youth who filled it out in 2020, and with a new partner, KW Community Foundation, the survey is running again.
Phase 2 of the Youth Impact Survey includes Waterloo Region and 3 other communities in Canada. (Ottawa, Halton, and Tri-Counties in Nova Scotia). In order for the survey to be a success, Waterloo Region needs 1000 youth aged 9 – 18 to fill it out and the results will help inform the decisions made about programs, services, and supports available to young people. This is an opportunity for young people to feel valued, heard and included.
The 20-30 minute survey is totally voluntary and anonymous and youth who fill it out will receive volunteer hours and a chance to win prizes. Click here for more information.