The most recent Youth Voice survey was completed in 2018 with more than 3,000 6th-12th grade students from 11 Itasca-area public schools participating. Developed by Search Institute, a Minneapolis-based research organization, the survey tool varied significantly from the initial tool in 2014 – thanks to input from area students and community members.
The 2018 survey explores the developmental relationships of youth and the common threads for learning, connecting, action, and impact. Developmental relationships are close connections through which young people discover who they are, cultivate abilities to shape their own lives, and learn how to engage with and contribute to the world around them. Search Institute identified five key elements that make relationships powerful in young people’s lives: express care, challenge growth, provide support, share power, and expand possibilities.
Themes identified in this survey focused on how Itasca Area youth think about their relationships. The survey results are found in this series of reports.
Youth, adults, and other leaders from across the greater Itasca area will use the findings to identify priorities and focus action for greater impact, individually and collectively. You are invited to be part of that process.
This report and its data are the property of Spark. It is designed for use by the people and institutions of the Itasca area. The survey upon which this report is based is the property of Search Institute. Copyright © 2014 by Search Institute. This study was made possible by the Blandin Foundation, Grand Rapids, Minnesota, as part of its support for Search Institute’s support for the Itasca Area Initiative for Student Success.
Youth voices survey, 2014
The 2014 study was developed and conducted by Search Institute, a Minneapolis-based research organization that, for more than 50 years, has studied assets youth need to succeed. Data were collected from 2,357 students (grades 7 to 12) in 11 schools in the Itasca area.
The reports and data are the property of SPARK. It is designed for use by people and institutions of the Itasca area. The survey upon which this report is based is the property of Search Institute. Copyright © 2018 by Search Institute. This study was made possible by the Blandin Foundation, Grand Rapids, Minnesota, as part of its support for Search Institute’s support for SPARK.