Ohio Healthy Youth Environments Survey OHYES!

The Ohio Healthy Youth Environments Survey (OHYES!) is a free, voluntary, web-based survey to collect information that schools and communities can use to access resources to reduce risk behaviors and create healthy and safe community, school and family environments.

OHYES! is a statewide survey of Ohio school students in 7th and 12th grades to be first conducted in fall of 2015. Since the survey is free and web-based, schools may elect to also survey other grades to gain a more complete picture of the strengths and needs of youth in their communities.

School districts that participate will have access to district, county, state, (and for some items even national) level data to help Ohio schools, community leaders, and parents identify important areas of need and track improvements in health and safety over time.

The survey includes 110 questions about health, safety and behavioral health factors. School districts may choose to remove questions that could be sensitive to some communities (sexual behavior and suicide) or add up to 10 questions that are important to their community.

OHYES! state and county-level data will be publicly available on the Ohio Network of Care website along with other indicators of community health allowing schools, community coalitions, and community public health and safety networks to make data-informed decisions on how best to support school and community programs and policies.

Student participation in the OHYES! is completely voluntary and anonymous.

OHYES! is the collaborative effort of the Ohio Departments of Education, Health and Mental Health & Addiction Services, Ohio National Guard, and representatives from higher education, juvenile courts, foundations and community service providers.

Ohio law requires parents be informed of school surveys and have the ability to opt out their child’s participation.

If you do NOT want your child to participate in this survey, please list the name of your child who will NOT participate along with the parent/guardian name. A separate form must be filled out for each child.

A letter was sent home the week of September 23 providing parents with survey information and a paper copy of the opt-out option.


Click HERE for Paperless OPT-out Option