In collaboration with Vancouver Technical High School, SARAVYC researchers, led by Dr. Sheila Marshall is evaluating their School Wellness Initiative. A Steering committee (called WIN) was created by the school and guides the project. WIN, the administration, students, teachers, and counselors were consulted about what wellness means for their school. A survey was constructed from consultations and administered as a baseline estimate of well-being in 2014. The baseline survey information has already informed what the school community wants to target to improve wellness. Each year, during the 5 year initiative, SARAVYC will survey school students to measure changes and visits classrooms to report initial findings to the students. In between yearly survey administration, the research team is carrying out observations of the school community and efforts to implement wellness initiatives.
The project has already received media attention: