Youth Council Needs Assessment
The original W.K. Kellogg Foundation grant that established AAACF’s Youth Council in 1989 requires that Youth Council conduct a needs assessment every three years to identify the concerns and needs of our community's youth.
The purpose of the Needs Assessment Survey is to gain a better and deeper understanding of the issues that are of greatest concern to young people in our community. Survey results help shape Youth Council’s funding priorities and identify possible opportunities to effect change. Youth Council also feels that the Needs Assessment Survey helps to give a real and credible voice to the population it is trying to serve.
Fall 2020 Needs Assessment
In the fall of 2020 the Youth Council completed its most recent Needs Assessment. The survey was disseminated via SurveyMonkey through social media, posters, and emails to youth serving nonprofits and all high schools (public, private, and home school networks) in Washtenaw County. In addition, the link was shared on various online news outlets. The survey was translated into both Spanish and Arabic to increase accessibility within the community. In total, 1162 students responded to the survey over a period of 15 days.
We invite you to read the full Needs Assessment Report here for additional information and details. Given the impact that COVID-19 has had on the community questions about how it has affected youth were added to the survey. Data from the Needs Assessment confirms that COVID -19 has not significantly changed the issues facing young people today, but has brought to the surface and exacerbated those that were already present.