From relationship stressors to social media comparisons and not enough sleep, Queen Creek youth are experiencing many of the same pressures as kids across the nation. The Town of Queen Creek and the Queen Creek Unified School District partnered with Authentic Connections to conduct a local case study on student wellbeing. Students at Queen Creek High School completed the Authentic Connections’ High Achieving Schools Survey (HASS). The local case study identified top areas to prioritize including bullying, status expectations, social media comparisons, sleep, relationship stress and parental/adult relations.
“As a community, we must come together to support our youth,” stated Queen Creek Mayor Gail Barney. “This project was a collaborative effort and provides important information about how all of us – parents, schools, businesses, neighbors, faith-based communities and non-profits – can help. I appreciate the partnerships that made this survey possible and I know our community is eager to continue to support the fantastic young men and women we have here in Queen Creek.”
The case study results were presented on March 27 at a public meeting. A video recording of the presentation is available online and the case study results can be viewed here. A follow up meeting was held on April 25 for community brainstorming on how the community can support our youth. If you have any suggestions on how to support the community's youth or would like to become involved please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dr. Suniya Luthar, Authentic Connections
The case study and HASS was led by Dr. Suniya S. Luthar of Authentic Connections. Founding Director of Authentic Connections, Dr. Luthar is Foundation Professor of Psychology at Arizona State University and Professor Emerita at Columbia University’s Teachers College. Luthar's research involves vulnerability and resilience among various populations including youth in poverty, children in families affected by mental illness, and teens in upper-middle class families. Her recent research has been focused on motherhood, exploring factors that best help mothers negotiate the challenges of motherhood. Luthar is the mother of two adult children. She lives in Tempe, AZ.
Visit AuthenticConnectionsGroups.org for more information on Authentic Connections or the High Achieving Schools Survey.