Berwyn Youth Survey

What is life really like for young people in Berwyn?

According to the Berwyn Youth Survey Report (2015):

More than 1 in 5 youth surveyed report feeling lonely or depressed.

Over 91% of youth surveyed reported having someone in their life they trusted
and could talk with when feeling stressed.

Over two thirds of Berwyn youth surveyed have access to a smart digital device
for their own personal media consumption.

Over 50% of the young people surveyed recommended
improving Berwyn schools.

To best meet the needs and interests of young people across Berwyn, the Berwyn Youth Survey Initiative was created in 2014. In December of that year over 2,200 young people attending middle and high school in Berwyn completed an online survey about what living in Berwyn is like.

Youth answered 43 questions on topics such as their participation in local events and activities, use of local facilities, general questions about youth life in Berwyn, learning and life preparedness, perceptions of safety at school, home and their neighborhood, and how they use digital and social media.


The project was led by representatives from Youth Crossroads, Inc.Berwyn Park DistrictUnity Lutheran Church of Berwyn and Live What You Love, LLC, with over fifteen community organizations contributing questions used in the design of the survey. Participating people and organizations included:

Name Organization Name Organization
Anna Padron Sikora Pillars Katie Trendel PAV YMCA
Carmelita Terry Berwyn Police Department Kelly L. Page Live What You Love, LLC
Conor Cahill Berwyn Park District Kevin Klein PAV YMCA
David Terrazino Youth Crossroads, Inc. Lisa Polderman Unity Lutheran Church of Berwyn
Fabiola Zavala MacNeal Hospital Maria Sander Berwyn Township 708CMHB
Hector Munoz Morton College Orlando Diaz Berwyn Recreation Department
Jeff Janda Berwyn Park District Patricia Seghers Pillars
J.R. Anderson PAV YMCA Sue Butler D100 (Heritage Middle School)
Julie Boleyn Unity Lutheran Church of Berwyn Tammy Clausen Berwyn Public Library


Representatives from Heritage Middle SchoolFreedom Middle School (BSD100), Lincoln Middle School (BSD98), and J. Sterling Morton West High School (BSD201) provided assistance in the sharing of the online survey to young people and the development of the final survey report was made possible by a generous grant from the Berwyn Township 708CMHB.


A number of survey resources were developed during the project and under a creative commons license (CC BY-NC-SA 4.0) are made available here to the residents, organizations and community of Berwyn, Illinois. We hope these resources will be of value to the Berwyn community and provide assistance in the design of future survey activities with the objective of learning about young people living and learning in Berwyn.

Berwyn Youth Survey Report (May 2015)

Berwyn Youth Survey Artifacts (December 2014)


The Berwyn Youth Survey Initiative was made possible through the generous support of