Surveys had been distributed to Somerville High School students in February 2014; Results will be presented in ‘game show’ format.

SOMERVILLE – Somerville Office of Prevention (SCAP) Director Cory Mashburn announced that the results of their annual Student Health Survey will be presented in a public forum on Thursday, Jan. 22, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Highlander Café at Somerville High School, 81 Highland Ave. (Atrium Entrance).

The results will be presented in the form of a game show, facilitated by youth from Somerville Positive Forces 100 (SPF100), with attendees being divided into teams to discuss topics from the Student Health Survey. Refreshments and prize drawings are included in the event, and attendees may enter to win raffle prizes from JP Licks, Wheelworks, and Shaws.

The Student Health Survey was administered to all Somerville High School students in Feb. 2014, and anonymous answers were compiled into an analytical report and compared with state and national averages in categories including alcohol use, drug use, bullying and overall school environment, and school services. A survey will be administered to Somerville middle school students in April 2015.

”Bringing together community groups and individuals from Somerville to discuss the key topics of concern to the youth of the city and what items that the community want to assist them on these efforts are very important,” stated Mashburn. “The 2014 results show Somerville at or below the state average for these issues, and discussing these results as an entire community will help increase awareness and outreach, and decrease violence and drug use among our city’s youth.”

For more information about the event, or the survey, please contact SCAP at 617-625-6600 ext. 2570.

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