CY seeks response to survey for CVU parents

Stephanie Choate, Observer staff

The local organization Connecting Youth is looking for responses to a survey it sent to parents of eighth through 12th grade students last week.

The electronic survey, sent with the Champlain Valley Union High School e-mail newsletter, is part of Connecting Youth’s campaign to educate parents in order to prevent underage drinking.

The Vermont Department of Health has partnered with Connecting Youth, or CY, and nearly 30 other community coalitions to help parents learn how and when to talk to teens about drinking.

CY, which works to create a safe environment for young people, also sent a survey to parents last fall.

“The first one was to gauge where everyone was, and we crafted our campaign after that,” said Kate Wheeler, interim program coordinator for CY. “Now, we’re doing a post-campaign survey to see if it was effective or not.”

The survey asks questions like how often parents talk to their kids about alcohol, whether they let them go to parties where alcohol will be present and whether they think European teens binge drink less than American teens.

The answers are completely anonymous. There will also be a separately entered raffle for several gas cards to thank participants for their time.

The survey is available at