5 Questions with Nadia Linoo, Research Manager

Meet Nadia!

Nadia Linoo manages the Youth Participatory Action Research (YPAR) network, grants, and programs. Her passion for research, specifically YPAR, was ignited after experiencing traditional research models all too often not centering nor respecting young and/or marginalized folks. Nadia’s background includes a B.S. in Child Psychology from the University of Minnesota and past work involving mental health, youth program coordinating, refugee/immigrant support, organizing on the UMN campus and photography.

Tell us about your role in one sentence.

I am your go to person for all things Youth Participatory Action Research (YPAR) at Youthprise from overseeing our grants to our YPAR Network, providing trainings and technical assistance, and to advocating for young people being centered and leaders in our work any chance we can get.

Who/what inspires you and your work?

Young people and youth researchers especially! Witnessing young people grow their confidence and own the fact that they are the experts of their lived experiences and are key knowledge holders that build creative and thoughtful solutions to the issues they face is one of the most humbling and inspiring privileges I have.

Favorite quote.

Do you already know that your existence--who and how you are--is in and of itself a contribution to the people and place around you? Not after or because you do some particular thing, but simply the miracle of your life. And that the people around you, and the place(s), have contributions as well? Do you understand that your quality of life and your survival are tied to how authentic and generous the connections are between you and the people and place you live with and in? - adrienne maree brown

Describe your perfect day!

My perfect day is any day I get to be outdoors in nature eating, resting, hiking and/or spending a healthy amount of time with both myself and loved ones, including the doggos.

If you could give your younger self one piece of advice, what would you say??

Too often I was afraid of trying anything for which I could not guarantee perfection. Looking back, I wish I just tried those things and trusted myself even if I failed because all of the failures I have had have turned into meaningful lessons.


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  • Recommended read or watch: Samurai Jack!
  • What three words would your colleagues use to describe you? Patient, relational, and flexible.
  • If you had to perform at a talent show, what would your talent be? It would be between Burmese traditional dance or showcasing the hyperextension in my hands and how I can make it look like I am holding things like bowls and glasses backwards.
  • Dogs or cats: Dogs
  • Early bird or night owl? Night owl.
What Nadia's team members say about her:

"Nadia will always reach out if you’re going through a rough time, whether personal or professional, and she’s a great person to lean on." - Aimee Vue, Youth Philanthropy Manager

"Nadia is hands down the most thoughtful and kind person I know. She has a presence of calm and is people first, always. Nadia is someone you want on your team." - Claire Dunlap, Director of Organizational Effectiveness

"Nadia is more than a colleague to all of us. She is a dope friend that always has a kind word, mad support or food ready for anyone in need. Caring for others shows to be a priority for her. And we, as a team and individuals, are grateful and blessed to have her in our journeys." - Neese Parker, Youth Engagement Manager

To learn more about our other team members, CLICK HERE!

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