August 15, 2017

Standing in front of the June 2017 John Swett Unified School District School Board meeting, teens from John Swett High School (JSHS) in Crockett, CA advocated for the need for hydration stations in their school. This was the culmination of Project 4-H2O, a Youth-Led Participatory Research Project conducted by the University of California Cooperative Extension (UCCE) in Contra Costa County.

Earlier in the year, an environmental scan of JSHS revealed that while there were eight water fountains throughout the school, some did not work properly and some did not have sufficient water flow, making access to water a challenge. Recognizing the need for research-based information to address this issue, the teens developed a survey to assess students’ beverage consumption habits and access to drinking water at school.

They collected and analyzed data from more than half of the student body. The survey data revealed that although 90% of students said water was their first choice of beverag...

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