How Participatory Action Research Can Promote Social Change and Help Youth Development

This brief description of practice illustrates (for youth and adults) what it looks like for young people to undertake a community analysis of their neighborhood and prompt change based on their analysis.

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For students: Read the outline of youth participatory research and determine - what would it look like for you to look at your own neighborhood critically?  What resources do you have at your disposal, and who (other youth) might you want to recruit?  What adults might be able to help you?  

For teachers: Read the outline and consider what steps you can take to lead youth on participatory action research, starting with youth-led analyses of community conditions.

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Citation

Powers, Cara Berg and Erin Allaman. (2012, December 17th). “How Participatory Action Research Can Promote Social Change and Help Youth Development”. Born This Way Foundation. http://cyber.harvard.edu/sites/cyber.harvard.edu/files/KBWParticipatoryActionResearch2012.pdf 

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