Youth School Engagement

  • Youth School Engagement

    The second DCYF education outcome goal is that youth are engaged in school. Youth who feel more connected or committed to school are more likely to achieve positive academic outcomes and are less likely to experience mental health issues.

    Engagement in school can be measured by the Healthy Youth Survey’s index of engagement in school, which captures information on decision-making opportunities at school, one-on-one opportunities with teachers, opportunities to work on special projects, extracurricular opportunities, and feeling a part of class activities or discussions. 2018 Healthy Youth Survey results show that 65% of 10th graders living with parents/guardians report a high level of engagement at school, compared to 49% of students who do not live with parents/guardians.

    10th graders with high levels of school engagement
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    The Healthy Youth Survey (HYS) was scheduled for October 2020 but was postponed until the fall of 2021, due to COVID-19 pandemic-related school closures. This metric will be updated when those data become available. For more information about the HYS, please see