Community Conversation: Youth Behaviors and Perceptions

In the fall of 2011, the Newburyport Public School District conducted it's biennial Youth Risk Behavior Survey. This survey focuses on behaviors, attitudes and perceptions of risky behaviors, safety and healthy lifestyles. After the survey was conducted and we got the data back, we organized two opportunities for young people to sift through the pages of data and identify topics and numbers that they recognized as important and relevant in their experience. From their, a presentation was designed to convey the points the youth wanted to highlight.

On Thursday March, 22nd, a group of young people presented the data that their peers identified as important for the community to hear. The two hour event was attended by over 70 community members, ranging from some of our elected officials to engaged educators and from school administrators to concerned grandparents.

The presentation that was given that night can be viewed here. We encourage everyone to see these numbers, talk about these numbers and, most importantly, come get involved!

For more detailed information regarding this year's YRBS results,
email Chris Power, Project Coordinator of The BEACON Coalition.

Over 70 people attended our recent YRBS Forum!