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Victoria's Youth Vital Signs 2012

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Victoria’s Youth Vital Signs began as a special section of the Victoria Foundation’s 2009 Victoria’s Vital Signs® report to measure the vitality of our city from a youth perspective and as a way for the youth of the region to have their voices heard.

During the past three years youth age 15 – 24 were asked for their opinions on issues that are critical to their quality of life. They were open and engaged in the process and the comments they provided shaped the survey for 2012. This year respondents were asked to grade each subject area and indicate what one or two things they would change if they could.  The options were drawn from comments frequently received in the previous three surveys. And this year we added a 13th issue area – Sports & Recreation.

The Youth Who Graded the Survey

  • 51.3% were 15 – 18 years old
  • 53% volunteer
  • 74.5% female, 25% male
  • 53.7% live with their parents
  • 13.61% have moved two or more times in the past year
  • 45.37% go to high school
  • 48.4% have lived in the region all their lives
  • 16.4% work full time, 26.8% part time and 12% seasonally
  • 4.8% identify as having a disability
  • 6.4% have been a youth in care

How connected do you feel to the Victoria community?

  2009 2010 2011 2012
Very connected 14.7% 19.1% 16.4% 12.8%
Somewhat connected 60.4% 56% 71.4% 58%
Hardly connected 22.2% 21.3% 10% 26.1%
Not Cconnected at all 2.7% 3.6% 2.1% 3.2%

Grading

The indicators used in Victoria’s Youth Vital Signs have been graded using a report card scale of A, B, C, D and F. Grading was done through an on-line survey that was available late August through to mid-October at www.whaddayathink.ca.

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