Youth Participatory Action Research Toolkit
Youth Participatory Action Research (YPAR) is a community-based social justice research framework that inclusively supports the leadership and knowledge of youth most impacted by disparities to develop solutions for social, cultural, and political transformation.
Within the YPAR Toolkit are activities, handouts, tips, and reflections that facilitate lessons on building authentic relationships, co-creating with community, defining YPAR, creating a YPAR proposal for funders, outreaching to community, collecting data, analyzing with community, building solutions with community, and making action plans that move data into transformative action.
YPAR comes out of Participatory Action Research (PAR), an innovative approach to building knowledge that involves the people most affected by a particular issue. YPAR includes those most affected by the issue conducting research and analysis to develop solutions that are better able to bring about social, cultural, and political transformation. YPAR offers young people training and support to conduct and lead systemic research to improve their lives, their communities, and the institutions intended to serve them. This process honors relationships and builds community trust by establishing mutual reciprocity and respect between researchers and the community.
The Youthprise Action Research Team is building a statewide network of YPAR practitioners through funding research projects in Minnesota and providing technical assistance.
Youthprise Principles of Youth Participatory Action Research
WHY YPAR ?
YPAR is suggested for organizations who model positive youth development and value youth voice, youth leadership, and youth action. Projects should be aligned with Youthprise’s three Impact Areas:
Within the Impact Areas, projects should focus on one or more of the following topics:
• Out of School Time
• Disability Justice
• Creating Alternatives to Youth Incarceration
• Addressing/Healing Trauma
• Increasing Accessibility
• Addressing Mental Health Needs
• Improving Water and Food Access
• Youth-Centered Learning
• Stabilizing Housing / Ending Homelessness