The American Institutes for Research developed a survey to learn more about youth-serving professionals and volunteers in the youth fields. These are adults who work with young people in any capacity outside of the regular school day. Examples include summer camp counselors, sports coaches, music teachers, museum educators, youth librarians, and afterschool program staff. The resulting data from this survey can be used to inform policy, practice, and research to support the youth fields workforce.
The Wallace Foundation is funding this study. The mission of the Wallace Foundation is to foster equity and improvements in learning and enrichment for young people, and in the arts for everyone.
As a youth-serving professional or volunteer, you are part of the youth fields workforce. Your participation is invaluable to informing future policy, practice and research. We are also interested in hearing from professionals and volunteers who have left the youth fields in the last five years.
The survey includes the following topics:
– Current/most recent job/volunteer position in the youth fields
– Number of years in the youth fields
– Reason for leaving the youth fields
– Current employment status
– Plans to return to the youth fields
– First job in the youth fields
– Number of jobs in the youth fields
– Career trajectory
– Professional learning opportunities
– Perceptions of experiences on the job
– Professional values and needs
– Professional certifications and associations
– Plans to transition to paid staff
Yes! We want to hear from both volunteers and paid staff. Volunteers are an essential part of the youth fields workforce, and we want to hear about your experiences as a volunteer.
If you worked or volunteered in the youth fields in the last five years, you should take the survey.
If you work with youth in any capacity outside of the regular school day, we want to hear from you. Our goal is to hear from as many different types of people that work with youth as possible. Your participation is encouraged and the information you provide will be invaluable.
The survey will take about 10 minutes to complete if you are a former youth-serving staff, former volunteer, or current volunteer. If you are current youth-serving staff, it will take up to 20 minutes to complete.
You need to complete the survey in one sitting because we cannot guarantee that your browser will save your responses.
By participating in this survey, you are helping elevate and acknowledge the critical work you and your colleagues do for young people. Participation is easy and does not take much time. In addition, the more people who participate, the more information practitioners, policymakers, and researchers will have to inform supports for the workforce.
Every month we will randomly select 10 participants who will receive a $100 Amazon gift code. The earlier you complete the survey, the more chances you have to win.
You are able to complete this survey completely anonymously if you choose. You have the option to share your email address to enter into a monthly drawing for a $100 Amazon gift code. You also have the option to share your contact information if you are willing to participate in future interviews or surveys about the workforce. We will only use contact information to remove duplicate surveys (i.e., surveys completed by the same person), contact participants for future interviews/surveys, and enter people into drawings.
Your responses will remain completely confidential and only members of the study team at AIR will know you participated. Your responses will never be associated with your individual identity, and all data that is reported will be either de-identified or aggregated.
Please email the team at firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more!
Please email the study team at email@example.com or call us at 1-844-849-5247.
Please contact AIR’s Institutional Review Board (IRB), which is responsible for the protection of survey participants, at IRB@air.org, toll-free at 1-800-634-0797, or c/o IRB, American Institutes for Research, 1400 Crystal Drive, 10th Floor, Arlington, VA 22202.