2019 Ottawa County Youth Assessment Survey

A special thank you to the school district superintendents, school principals, administrators, teachers, parents and students for participating in the 2019 Ottawa County Youth Assessment Survey (YAS). Planning and implementation of this study were coordinated by the YAS Committee, whose time and efforts were invaluable in making this project possible.

2019 YAS Highlights

The teens who took the YAS

total students






White (Non-Hispanic)






8th Grade


10th Grade


12th Grade


In the Last Year

Girls report electronic bullying at TWICE the rate of boys.

Depression & Suicide

In the Last Year

Who is affected

Teen boys are about 1.5 times as likely as girls to have a fatal suicide attempt*

*Source: Michigan Vital Records

Current Substance Use

“I used in the past month”
Percentages are reported for past 30 day use.
Percentages displayed for 2019 are color-coded to indicate trend direction. Green percentages indicate improving trend, and gray percentages indicate no change in trend.

Activity & Sleep

2 out of 3 teens get less than 8 hours of sleep per night

Teen Hunger

“In the past 30 days, I sometimes, most of the time or always went hungry because there was not enough food in my home”

1 in 5 minority teens in Ottawa County go hungry


“On a scale of 1 to 10, where 1 means you have little or no stress and 10 means you have a great deal of stress, how would you rate your average level of stress during the past 30 days?”

On a scale of 1-10, average stress level during past 30 days


Seen or accessed internet pornography…

YAS Effectiveness

Nearly 70% of students feel the YAS gets at student issues effectively

Out of the 6,136 students that answered…

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