Led by Emily Ozer, phd and Marieka Schotland, phd
Our node focuses on advancing evidence and action towards meaningful youth participation and power in the promotion of young people’s health and wellbeing, with an emphasis on YPAR (Youth Participatory Action Research). YPAR is an innovative, equity-focused approach to positive youth and community development in which young people conduct systematic research to improve their lives, communities, and the institutions intended to serve them. As a participatory research approach, YPAR values youth voice and promotes healthier development for young people across the lifespan. YPAR researchers and youth engaged in YPAR utilize a range of quantitative and qualitative research methods in cycles of inquiry and action.
The LCIRN YPAR Node aims to connect YPAR researchers, practitioners, and youth to build shared opportunities for learning, evidence generation, and collaboration across disciplines focused on youth wellbeing and development. The YPAR Node is a generative space for reflection, empirical inquiry, and action via the following priority activities:
- Linkage of scholars, practitioners, and policymakers to advance the evidence base and impact of YPAR on the settings and institutions that shape youth development, and the benefits for young people who participate;
- Knowledge exchange and collaboration to produce innovative research studies, publications and products within and beyond the node;
- Training and mentorship of the next generation of YPAR life course researchers;
- Identification of future directions for the field of life course research that centers youth expertise and power within systems that affect youth development;
- Collaboration with other research networks in the MCAH (maternal/child/adolescent health), developmental, and other relevant fields to embed and evaluate adaptive and meaningful approaches to youth participation in empirical research, interventions, and policy development.
YPAR Node Working Groups:
- YPAR and Institutional Change
- YPAR networks and platforms to impact policy in CA and nationally, focused on mental health, educational equity, and other core equity issues for life course development
- Defining and Adapting YPAR
- YPAR and Pandemic/Historical Moment
- YPAR and Adolescent Development
- Training in YPAR (Curriculum/Syllabi Sharing)
LCIRN Pilot Funding: YPAR as an Intervention to Promote Emotional Well-being Post-Pandemic: A Pilot Study to Identify Relevant Domains
The purpose of this pilot study is to understand which emotional well-being domains are impacted by YPAR in the context of COVID-19 and racial injustice. Across three sites, we will explore virtually, using arts-based methods and multiple qualitative sources, the impact of COVID-19 and racism on youth of colors’ emotional well-being domains and perspectives on what is necessary for racial healing. Led by researchers Noé Rubén Chávez, PhD, Heather Kennedy, PhD and Michelle Abraczinskas, PhD.
Publications and Resources
Agents of Peace – Youth Participatory Action Research Frameworks in Promoting Social Justice (2021). Workshop, Society for Adolescent Health and Medicine Annual Meeting.
Center for Information & Research on Civic Learning & Engagement (CIRCLE) (2021). Civic Spring Report: Youth Expertise and Leadership Crucial to Intergenerational Civic Spaces. Tufts University.
Center for Information & Research on Civic Learning & Engagement (CIRCLE) (2021). Youth Expertise Series. Tufts University.
Levy, I., & Travis, R. (2020). The critical cycle of mixtape creation: Reducing stress via three different group counseling styles. The Journal for Specialists in Group Work, 45(4), 307-330.
Ozer, Shapiro, & Duarte (2021). RWJ brief on YPAR and SEL.
Ozer, Sprague Martinez, Abraczinskas, Villa, & Prata (2022). Toward Integration of Life Course Intervention and Youth Participatory Action Research. Pediatrics, 149 (Supplement 5).
Ozer, Villa, Abraczinskas, & Kornbluh (2021). Partnership and Technical Assistance in Crisis: Capacity building for YPAR Implementation and Impact.
San Francisco Unified School District & UC Berkeley RPP (2022). Awardee for Student Voice 4 RPPs: Advancing the Democratization of Evidence Through Student Voice in Research Practice Partnerships. National Network of Education Research Practice Partnerships (NNERPP).
Suleiman, A. (2021). Leveraging the Developmental Science of Adolescence to Promote Youth Engagement in Research and Evaluation – A Guide for Funders. UCLA Center for the Developing Adolescent.
Travis, R., Levy, I., & Morphew, A. (2022). “Now we’re all family”: Exploring social and emotional development in a summer Hip Hop mixtape camp. Child and Adolescent Social Work Journal.
YPAR Hub. UC Berkeley.