Assets in Action: Talk to kids about youth risk survey

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By Bernadette Lauritzen

Happy New Year, let’s get to work.

One goal for 2019 should be having conversations with our young people that might be difficult. One of the things that can help guide is the release of the Youth Risk and Resiliency Survey. The high school and middle school data have been posted to the website. 

The youthrisk.org site is great for middle and high school data that reaches back for more than a decade. The questions are interesting and have a continuity that captures good data year after year. You can compare the results for other counties in New Mexico and dive deep into data. 

You can analyze populations, sample sizes, compare male and female response and more. You can take the side of people that say it is a momentary capture of data on a given day but I like to say, so is your blood work, but you lend that some credibility, right? 

Take it with a grain of salt or ask your students a few questions that may enlighten your day, or lead to some conversation about what is out there.

There are simple things that be tackled like wearing a helmet while cycling, eating breakfast or rarely or never wearing a seatbelt.

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