Prevention Needs Assessment
Before we act, we gather information and listen to our community.
SAFE’s first priority is understanding the issues around substance abuse in our community before identifying and implementing research-based best practices to address those issues. How do we know what needs to be addressed? SAFE’s initiatives are developed in response to issues identified through youth survey data, statistical data, and community input. The youth survey is administered to randomly selected classrooms in 8,10 and 12 in all Chesterfield middle and high schools. About one-third of these grades in these three classes are selected to participate.
The Community Youth Survey is a critical tool for providing information about the attitudes and behaviors of our young people. Administered every two years since November 2005 to a representative sample of youths in grades 8, 10, and 12, the survey provides a means to measure usage rates, perceptions about the use, and emerging trends.
SAFE partners with Chesterfield County Public Schools to administer the survey and analyzes and publicizes survey results, including highlights of the survey.
SAFE has also collected additional information about alcohol use from high school students through informal questionnaires. This information helps the coalition better understand when and where teens are drinking and where they obtain alcohol.
2019 Prevention Needs Assessment
Chesterfield County Public School Parents:
Please be advised that SAFE will be conducting our bi-annual needs assessment among 8th, 10th, and 12th-grade students this fall. The purpose of this assessment is to better understand the behavioral trends and attitudes of our youth, specifically concerning substance abuse and community connections. Participation is voluntary and confidential.
If you do not wish for your child to participate, please fill out the Parent-letter-2019.pdf and return it to your student’s school by October 18th.
If you would like to look at the survey, you can do so here.