School Year 2011-2012 Fairfax County Youth Survey Results Now Available

Fairfax County has released the results of the 2011-2012 Youth Survey. The results are available:

The Youth Survey, a comprehensive, anonymous and voluntary survey given each year to students in grades 6, 8, 10 and 12, examines behaviors, experiences and other factors that influence the health and well-being of Fairfax County’s youth. The results provide a snapshot of the county’s youth and serve as a barometer of the community’s effectiveness fostering healthy choices in young people. The Youth Survey is a collaboration of Fairfax County Government and the Fairfax County Public Schools. 

Topics covered in the full report include:

  • Alcohol, tobacco and other drug use.
  • Bullying, cyberbullying and other forms of aggression.
  • Teen dating abuse.
  •  Physical and mental health.
  • Extracurricular and civic engagement.  

The Prevention Toolkit — Now That I Know, What Do I Do?

The online Prevention Toolkit, based on the Youth Survey, is a collection of suggestions, tools and resources to assist families, school staff, PTAs, community- and faith-based organizations, social clubs and others with promoting the well-being of youth in the community. Presentations and fact sheets in the Prevention Toolkit have been updated to include data from the School Year 2011-2012 Youth Survey.

The Prevention Toolkit is divided into three areas:

1.    Support — Answers to frequently asked questions and step-by-step guidance for hosting a community event around the Youth Survey or a selected topic.

2.    Presentations, Handouts and Resources — In-depth looks at results for selected Youth Survey topics, including fact sheets and videos in several languages. Links to more information and where to go for help.  The topic-specific areas covered in the Toolkit are:

3.    Take Action — Ideas on how to make a difference in the lives of youth in the community. 

For information on the Youth Survey or Prevention Toolkit, contact Sophia Dutton.