APPROACH: Behaviours embedded in youth track into adulthood and SMART Youth aims to inform school policies though youth and educator citizen scientist perspectives to minimize behavioural risk factors and promote holistic health. As part of SMART Youth a wide range of data including, youth anxiety, depression, addictions, and mental health data are being gathered, which would help inform policy interventions specific to each school involved in the program.
CONTEXT: SMART Youth extends SMART Platform to schools across Saskatchewan, where we are working closely with school boards and individual schools in engaging youth and educators as citizen scientists.
COHORT: As part of this initiative, we co-create knowledge with schools, where youth and educators serve as key stakeholders. This initiative allows youth and educators to use a free smartphone application in different seasons in Saskatchewan to engage with researchers from the University of Regina and Saskatchewan.
PROCESS: This initiative additionally recruits youth members (one female/male) and one educator from each school to hold positions on our Citizen Scientist Council. Our council members work with top researchers to gain experience performing research with smartphones. Membership provides experience in leadership for our Council members and is a valuable addition to their CVs.