Report of the 2004 Boston Youth Survey

The Harvard Youth Violence Prevention Center announces the release of the Report of the 2004 Boston Youth Survey

The Harvard Youth Violence Prevention Center is pleased to announce the release of the Report of the 2004 Boston Youth Survey, based on a representative sample of 1079 9th-12th graders from Boston Public Schools (including exam and charter schools.) The release of this report represents a major milestone in the longterm productive collaboration between HYVPC and the City of Boston.

Boston Mayor Thomas Menino first initiated the Youth Survey in 1997, with the goal of better understanding the lives of Boston’s youth and using that information to inform school- and community-based programming and violence prevention. In 2003, HYVPC joined with the Mayor’s office, Boston’s Office of Human Services, and the Boston Public Schools in this endeavor. The 2004 Boston Youth Survey (BYS) obtained youths’ reports on: (1) demographics, (2) school and educational aspirations, (3) feelings about self and future, (4) health and physical activities, (5) out-of-school activities, (6) community resources, (7) exposure to violence – including witnessing, perpetration, and victimization, (8) safety concerns, (9) discrimination and harassment, (10) mental health, (11) gang activity and gun availability, (12) neighborhood drug use, (13) contact with police, (14) relationships with others, and (15) use of technology.

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