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Pass It On: Boys – Survey Results & Evaluation

April 5, 2017
In the Fall of 2016, SWOVA’s Pass It On – Engaging Boys & Young Men Project set out to find out about the needs of boys and young men (cis- trans- & non-binary inclusive)  in the Salt Spring Island Community and ways to address these needs. Surveys and focus groups were engaged with boys and young men, young women, educators, parents and community members, and programs/activities offered to boys and young men. And the results?

Issues highlighted by the boys and young men are (in no particular order):

  • Schoolwork stress

  • Family & Relationships

  • Sleep

  • Peer pressure, criticism, judgement (and in extreme cases bullying)

  • Self Image

  • Mental Health

  • Drugs & Alcohol

  • Negative Expectations/Stereotypes

  • Intimate Partner Relationships

  • Understanding Girls/Young Women

  • Helping Friends While Taking Care of Oneself

As one would expect the issues are more or less heightened depending on the age and individual situation. There is a desire for sports, activities, or places to gather, the exact details of which vary from person to person, group to group. My sense is that places to connect and talk in some way is wanted by all but how it would ideally look varies greatly. There is a cautiousness by this group as a whole to engage in some of the deeper needed conversations.

Tarquin Bowers, evaluator for the project has written a personable, warm hearted, and well-written evaluation of their needs. I’d recommend diving into the full report. Make a coffee or tea, sit back, and enjoy your reading!

Intro Letter to PIO-Boys Evaluation Report Feb 2017

Pass It On Engaging Boys Young Men Project Evaluation Jan 2017

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