Getting to 'Y': Youth Bring Meaning to their Youth Risk Behavior Survey

  • What is the goal of Getting to 'Y'?

    Getting to 'Y' is an opportunity for students to take a lead in bringing meaning to their own Youth Risk Behavior Survey data and taking steps to strengthen their school and community based on their findings. There is a wealth of information in this bi-annual state-wide report on the wellness of young people in our state. What it does not include is a thoughtful and informed analysis of why ('Y') young people are making either wise or unwise choices. There is also no input on what students believe would change these statistics for the better. Who better to tell us than youth themselves, creating an opportunity for young people to take action to shape their own futures?

  • How do we achieve this goal?

    Since 2008, leadership teams of students and adults from over 70 Vermont high schools and middle schools have participated in this initiative, which follows an action research model. Teams attend a training day where they learn tools and strategies to organize their own retreat to analyze data, producing a “Student Executive Summary.” This summary includes three strengths, three areas of concern and a preliminary plan of action, based on an exploration of root causes.They also learn how to host a community dialogue event to share their executive summary to the school and community and lead meaningful multi-generational discussions. Each school receives ongoing coaching and support throughout the process and as they combine all that they have learned to frame the next action steps, which the group implements and assesses.
  • What does Getting to 'Y' look like in action?

    Please scroll down to view Getting to 'Y' newsletters that tell the story of Getting to 'Y' school teams. Further down the page, in the video section, you can view the complete Getting to 'Y' Training Day, and the Georgia Middle School's Community Dialogue Event.
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Getting to 'Y' Newsletters

  • GTY 2016-2017

  • GTY 2015-2016

  • GTY 2014-2015

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Tools and Resources

  • 2017 Getting to 'Y' Manual

    GTY Manual
  • Training Day Power Point

    Training Day Powerpoint
  • Dialogue Night Resource Manual

    Dialogue Night Resource Manual
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Information and Registration

  • Registration Information: GTY 2018 MS Training

     GTY HS
  • Registration Information: GTY 2018 HS Training

     GTY HS
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  • 2014 Evaluation

    Getting to Y 2013-2014 Evaluation
  • 2014 W.K. Kellogg Grant Report

    W.K. Kellogg Grant Report 2014
  • 2011 Evaluation

    Getting to Y 2011 Evaluation
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  • Overview of GTY

  • Full Day Training

  • Community Dialogue Event

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What are People Saying About GTY?

  • “The think I like best is that I can help our community with problems now.”

    - Getting to ‘Y’ student team member
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UPLogo with words FINAL 5-1-14

There is no greater power than a community discovering what it cares about. 
-Margaret Wheatley 


Listen UP

  • YATST Student Member

    The student-led faculty meeting was unlike anything I have ever seen in terms of students and teachers holding a discussion about a topic as sensitive as their teaching methods. I heard from a lot of teachers in the “go-around” that they were awestruck about what had just happened.

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