In April 2013, the Town of Creston embarked on a process to develop a Youth Engagement Strategy (YES) for the Creston Valley. The Town contracted BC Healthy Communities Society to assist in the consultation and creation of this strategy which included: youth and service provider surveys; youth asset mapping sessions; key informant interviews; and, consultations with youth, service providers, and the community.
The YES reports were received by Council in August of 2015 and Council created a YES Select Committee with the term of one year to continue the momentum of the strategy. The Committee represents a cross section of voices that were involved in the YES process, including youth program providers, teens and Council members.
A launch for the YES Reports was held on November 13, 2015 to showcase the report findings and reunite and engage the community in celebrating YES successes. There was a great turnout for the event with over 70 people in attendance including youth, parents, youth program providers, Regional Area Directors and Town Councillors. Thank you to all who came out to celebrate Creston Valley youth!
BC Healthy Communities submitted six reports to the Town of Creston. The final report, Creston and Area Youth Strategy and Action Plan, is the final synopsis which reflects data, results and discussion from the supplementary five individual reports which consist of: the Youth Survey Results Report, Youth Forum Results Report, Key Informant Interviews Report, Service Provider Survey Report and, the Family and Community Survey Results Report.