It Matters to Me: Informing Youth Services Delivery



Appendix A: E-Mail Invitation

September 15, 2019 Dear [ Prospective Participant],

I would like to invite you to be part of a research project that I am conducting. This project is part of the requirement for my Master’s Degree in Leadership, at Royal Roads University. This project has been approved by Options Community Services Society’s (OCS) Executive Director, Christine Mohr, and I have been given permission to contact potential participants for this purpose. The purpose of my research is for my project partner and I, to engage in an initiative that will include the involvement of up-to fifty youth allies, from Surrey, for the purpose of informing the vision of a Surrey Youth Integrated Services Hub (SYISH). The goal of the project is to gather thoughts and ideas form individuals throughout Surrey on how they envision a SYISH. The outcome of this research is to have a Surrey informed product that will support a systems-change in how we support our young people. Your name was chosen as a prospective participant because you have been identified as a youth ally that has a passion for supporting young people and improving their experiences in accessing services that they need when needed. This phase of my research project will consist of two data collection methods- an online survey and a focus group. Individuals that have a keen interest in improving the experiences of Surrey young people will be invited to anonymously share their experiences on how young people currently access addictions, mental health, primary care, life skills, and other services. Survey participants will also be asked to share their thoughts on how they might envision of a SYISH. Focus group participants will meet for one 3-hour session and review the feedback from the online survey participants and explore deeper to generate further data that will informing the design of the SYISH. The information gathered from research participants will support the Surrey White Rock Youth Integrated Services Team’s (SWRYIST) pursuit in establishing a SYISH. The attached document contains further information about the study conduct and will enable you to make a fully informed decision on whether or not you wish to participate. Please review this information before responding. You are not required to participate in this research project. If you do choose to participate, you are free to withdraw at any time without prejudice. Also, personal non-identifiable information can be extracted and returned until the research process has reached a point where personal information is no longer irretrievable. I will hold your decision whether or not to participate in confidence and the researcher Heather Lynch O’Connor and OCS will not know who has participated, who has not participated, and who has withdrawn.

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