Youth participating in the Pathways to Resilience Project are between the ages of 13 and 19. We seek the following three groups of young people:
- Youth using at least one mandated service. We ask for referrals from child protection workers, mental health counsellors, corrections officers, school guidance counsellors, as well as community groups working with youth. These are the Service User population. In most cases, we seek youth who are using more than one service or community support to ensure we reach the youth most at-risk and in need of intervention.
- Youth who are known to face many risks but who are still doing well. We ask communities to identify these youth. This is culturally and contextually relevant. Youth who are doing well in each of our various sites look different. Any young person community advisors say faces significant risk but is still doing well is ideal for the study.
- Youth who are living in the community. We select youth living in the same community as the youth from the previous two samples. We have found it easiest to find these young people through their schools or by putting up posters in their community, or simply by going door-to-door and locating young people who are willing to be interviewed.