TOMPKINS COUNTY, N.Y.—Tompkins County recently rolled out its new Community-Level Youth Development Evaluation survey (CLYDE) with a dashboard that allows the public to filter and view the survey’s findings by grade, gender, racial groups and ethnicity.

“We hope this dashboard will be viewed by parents and caregivers, school personnel, social services staff and the students themselves,” said Brandi Remington, the youth development coordinator for TST-BOCES. “A well-informed community is in the best position to make positive and equitable changes in how we raise, educate and involve our youth so they become successful citizens.”

In the 2021 survey, the county found that more than half of students, 53.4%, have a “low commitment to school,” despite 68.8% of the student population being involved in “prosocial opportunities” at schools.

The dashboard, which can be found here, breaks down results from the survey into nine tabs, which include drugs and alcohol, mental health and bullying, risk and protective factors and other measures.

The Community Level Youth Development Evaluation (CLYDE) survey, conducted in Oct. 2021, was administered to students grades 7 through 12 throughout seven school districts in the county, and versions of similar surveys have been conducted every two years since 2014, though the most recent was originally scheduled for 2020 and postponed due to COVID-19.

The Community Coalition for Healthy Youth (CCHY) included representation from the TST-BOCES program, Tompkins County Health and Youth Services departments and The Alcohol and Drug Council of Tompkins County, and approximately 3,700 students took the survey.

Remington said that “for the first time in the history of the Tompkins County survey we have a way to bring the consolidated county data directly to the public through an online dashboard.”

Zoë Freer-Hessler

Zoë Freer-Hessler is a general assignment reporter for the Ithaca Voice. She has covered a wide range of topics since joining the news organization in November 2021. She can be reached at zhessler@ithacavoice.com...