Monday, January 30, 2012

Iowa Youth Survey

The Van Buren County SAFE Coalition is committed to assessing the community on a regular basis. These assessments determine the effectiveness of strategies the coalition has implemented. All strategies are aimed to make a change to the local conditions of the community and ultimately effect the problems of underage drinking, youth tobacco use and youth marijuana use.
Iowa youth survey data for the county was collected in the Fall of 2010 and data was received at the end of 2011. The numbers for underage drinking in Van Buren County continue to trend downward for past 30-day use (see chart below).

Van Buren County Results- During the last 30 days; on how many days have you had at least one drink of alcohol (at least once)?
Past 30 Day Use
Fall 02 6th grade - 7% 8th grade - 27% 11th grade - 47%
Fall 05 6th grade - 16% 8th grade - 27% 11th grade - 53%
Fall 08 6th grade - 11% 8th grade - 32% 11th grade - 34%
Fall 09 6th grade - 6% 8th grade - 29% 11th grade - 51%
Fall 10 6th grade - 4% 8th grade - 26% 11th grade - 36%

The Iowa youth survey provides a variety of data points for schools and communities to track the trends of youth behaviors across Iowa. The Van Buren County SAFE Coalition will be providing information about the results of this survey over the course of the next year. A full report may be obtained from the coalition office or by visiting the state website at

If you are interested in more information about the Iowa Youth Survey, The SAFE Coalition or the work being done with the youth of Van Buren County please contact the Coalition at 319-293-6412 or You can also find information about the coalition at or on Facebook under Van Buren County SAFE Coalition.

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