The Sonoma County YouthTruth Survey


In January of 2021, the California-based national nonprofit YouthTruth administered surveys across 56 schools from 10 Sonoma County school districts. The effort resulted in hearing from nearly 30,000 student, parent and guardian, and school staff community members on topics like, academic challenge, school culture, emotional and mental health.

Key themes emerged from the findings that speak to student, parent and guardian, and school staff members’ experiences of relationships, belonging, emotional and mental health, distance learning, housing needs, and the impacts of local environmental disasters.

In a two-part event series held April 9 and April 16, leaders from youth-focused community organizations are invited to explore the data behind these themes, viewed through an equity lens with a special focus on the effects of local environmental disasters and the COVID-19 pandemic on community well-being.

The Sonoma County YouthTruth Survey offers insights into students and belonging, distance learning, covid, mental health, housing


YouthTruth Data Discovery Webinar

A walk through of the data with YouthTruth Deputy Director Sonya Heisters

Friday, April 9, 2021

12:00 – 1:30 pm

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YouthTruth Data Interactive Workshop

An interactive discussion exploring how YouthTruth data can be used to bolster resilience efforts and build a stronger Sonoma County

Friday, April 16, 2021

12:00 – 1:30 pm

Who are these events for?

Community members who care deeply about our youth and the future of Sonoma County, including: leaders of youth-serving organizations, funders, and industry partners.

What will happen at these events?

The April 9 Data Discovery Webinar will focus on walking through the data, and will feature a panel of speakers including:

  • Karin Demarest, Vice President for Community Impact, Community Foundation Sonoma County
  • Kathy Goodacre, CEO, CTE Foundation
  • Sonya Heisters, Deputy Director, YouthTruth
  • Jessica Progulske, College & Career Readiness Coordinator for Student Agency Educational Support Services, SCOE

The April 16 Interactive Workshop event will be a workshop format, inviting attendees to dig deeper, and work in small groups to discuss how to take community action in light of this data.

The report:

Leading through Listening

Student and Community Voices in Sonoma County

For help understanding how to read this data, please refer to the Youthtruth Backpack and find out how to understand the report, make use of the data, set goals, plan for improvement, and more.

Dig Deeper Into the Data: Interactive Reports

Synthesis Report

(with findings across all audiences, and grade levels)

Synthesis Report

Student Surveys: Elementary, Middle, and High Schools

Student Survey Reports: Elementary Schools
Student Surveys: Middle Schools
Student Surveys: High Schools

Parent and Guardian Surveys: Elementary, Middle, and High Schools

Family Surveys: Elementary School
Family Survey: Middle Schools
Family Survey: High Schools

Teacher Surveys: Elementary, Middle, and High Schools

Teacher Survey: Elementary Schools
Teacher Survey: Middle Schools
Teacher Survey: High Schools

YouthTruth Data Sharing and Collaboration Hosts

Career Technical Education Foundation
Health Action Cradle to Career Sonoma County
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Have questions? Please contact:

Karin Demarest

Karin Demarest

Vice President for Community Impact