Hanover Cares is a coalition of Hanover County students, parents, community leaders, and citizens who are committed to building a community committed to raising substance-free youth. In partnership with the Hanover County Public Schools (HCPS), local law enforcement, other agencies and youth serving organizations in our county, we offer programming and outreach efforts aimed at reducing the number of youth in the county who use alcohol and drugs. One of the best examples of these partnerships in action is the Community Drug Forum held at Hanover High School earlier this school year. We believe for our youth to maximize their potential, both in the classroom and in the community, they need to remain substance-free.
In order to measure the effectiveness of our efforts, it’s important to survey students about their attitudes, perceptions, and behaviors around various drugs and alcohol issues. If we’re going to invest coalition and county resources into youth prevention efforts, it’s important that we are committed to evaluating the impact those efforts are having on our students.
Enclosed you will find a copy of the Hanover Cares Youth Behavioral Risk survey. Due to the content and to ensure age-appropriateness, it is only being sent to HCPS parents who have students who are in the 8th, 10th, or 12th grade. Please carefully review the survey in order to gain a full understanding of the nature and types of questions that are being asked of your student.
To complete the survey, we’ve included a code your student will need to access and complete this survey online. By sharing this code with your student(s), you give your consent for them to participate in the survey.
The survey is confidential. We ask no information that would allow us to identify your individual student. The results of the survey will be evaluated as 8th, 10th and 12th grade classes as a whole, and not by individual student or school unit to ensure complete anonymity. The summary report will be shared with the HCPS and made available on the Hanover Cares website. The information gathered will be used on grant applications to seek funding for additional prevention resources for the county, and to support student and parent education efforts.
Hanover Cares wants to thank you in advance for encouraging your student to participate in this survey. Together we can make this a community committed to raising substance-free youth.
Keith Cartwright, Hanover Cares
You can download a copy of the survey below: