Friday, December 16, 2016

Middle School Peer Leaders Identify Strengths and Areas of Concern from Survey Data

From the middle school student prevention group, VRED (Vergennes for Responsible Educated Decisions). On November 11 and 14, eleven members of VRED spent the morning at the Boys and Girls Club working with data from the 2015 Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS). They analyzed data on middle school attitudes and health choices. Topics included wearing safety equipment, using sunscreen, getting bullied, using substances, exercise, nutrition and communication. VRED narrowed about 30 pages of statistics down to a few key strengths and concerns that they thought deserved the most attention. They formed action plans to help reduce the risk of suicide, bullying, and access to alcohol. A key strength that the group recognized was the high percentage of students who believed their parents do not want them to smoke, drink or use drugs. VRED also noted that VUHS exceeded the state average of middle school students who talked with their parents about school on a regular basis. VRED will present their findings and plans to the Commodore Parent Teacher Group at their meeting on January 11th at 6:30 pm in room C2 in the middle school wing. Anyone who is interested is welcome to attend.

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