Waterloo region's Children and Youth Planning Table (CYPT) is offering prizes to youth who take part in its third, region-wide Youth Impact Survey to better understand the well-being of youth in the community.
The catch; the deadline to take part is today.
Youth who fill out the survey will have the opportunity to win a PS5, Nintendo Switch, gaming laptop or a round trip for two anywhere in North America with Flair Airlines. In addition to the chance for prizes, high school students who complete the survey will be eligible to receive up to two hours of community volunteer hours. Every student must complete a minimum of 40 community volunteer hours to graduate.
CYPT is a community-wide partnership of service providers, researchers, planning bodies, and funders who serve children, youth, and families in the region.
According to the organization, a large part of meaningfully serving children and youth is to ensure that they are given a platform to express their needs, concerns and ideas in their own words.
"This survey is the community’s opportunity to hear directly from young people about their own well-being, resulting in action-oriented research and data that can be broadly leveraged by community organizations working with youth," according to a press release sent out by the region.
Anyone in the community who is of the ages of 9-18 are eligible for the survey. The region states they are especially looking for youth of a marginalized identity to better understand their needs.
“Waterloo Region is growing at a rapid pace, and it is critical that we take the time to reflect on those for whom we are building this community,” explained Karen Redman, Chair of the Region of Waterloo.
“Ensuring and improving child and youth well-being not only means a healthier, safer and more inclusive community for us all, but it also builds the foundation for a thriving economy.”
The survey ends on June 8 so the region is recommending those interested fill one out before it closes.