Youth voice, youth involvement, youth participation, youth-centered programs,
community youth development, meaningful youth engagement, youth civic engagement,
child-friendly communities... Each of these titles are meant to summarize initiatives that
are active, empowering, and democratic experiences
for young people as they create change in their own lives, as
well as the lives of others in the organizations, institutions,
and communities they belong to.
Point to Ponder:
standing or speaking for children, we need to stand with
children speaking for themselves. We don't need a political
movement for children... [we need to] build environments and
policies for our collective future." - Sandra Meucci
= free publication
to Conducting Action Research with Youth
Edited by M. Berg and J. Schensul of the Institute for Community
Research. Special Issue of the Journal of Practicing
Anthropology. Covers a wide variety of topics and examples,
including PAR in schools, teen health issues, international
applications, and more.
Involvement in Evaluation and Research Brief
By Karen Horsch, Priscilla M. D. Little, Jennifer Chase Smith,
Leslie Goodyear, Erin Harris, Harvard Family Research Project.
Community Change: Challenges and Tensions in Community Youth
By Maria Fernandez. An issue brief that describes the promising
practice of community youth research in the context of a live
example in Redwood City, CA.
Empowerment - The Contributions and Challenges of Youth-Led
Research in a High-Poverty, Urban Community
By Yolanda Anyon with Sandra Naughton. An issue brief that
addresses the benefits and challenges of sponsoring a youth- led
research project in a school where students and their friends,
families, and teachers confront daily the demanding challenges
posed by poverty and its attendant ills.
Technology into Community Youth Research
by William R. Penuel and James H. Gray of SRI International, and
Deborah Kim of Stanford University. Based on the finding of a
Gardner Center and SRI joint project, this issue brief outlines
what programs can expect as they begin to explore how technology
might help youth develop research skills.
the Distance: Supporting Community Youth Development
By Milbrey McLaughlin. A presentation from the Coalition of
Community Foundations for Youth 2002 Annual Conference
Engaged in Leadership & Learning (Y.E.L.L.)
By the J. Gardner Center for Youth and Their Communities at
Stanford University. For anyone involved in youth development
and leadership. Designed help those training youth to become
active contributors to decision-making processes in their
community. Lessons in the handbook introduce youth to different
research methods, analytical tools and presentation skills. The
lessons can be adapted to meet the needs and interests of
different communities, and can be facilitated by teachers and
educators in school and out-of-school contexts.
Young People in Community Evaluation Research
By Barry Checkoway. An article
exploring the 2002 Wingspread Conference on the same topic.
Includes suggested guidelines and more.
You Want to Involve Children in Research: Supporting children’s
meaningful and ethical participation in work around violence
By Sophie Laws and Gillian Mann.
This is one part of a series of toolkits produced by the
International Save the Children Alliance. This part of the
toolkit encourages meaningful and ethical participation by
children in research related to violence against children. The
toolkit contains two main subjects; involving children in
primary and secondary research. These subjects address ways in
which children can be more actively involved in research. This
kit offers guidance on ways of approaching this work, on ethical
issues to be considered and on techniques that can be used. It
also includes case studies from around the world that draw on a
rich field of participatory research with children.
Empowered Voices: A Participatory Action Research
Curriculum for Girls
This curriculum is a project
designed to reduce or prevent substance abuse and risky sexual
behavior and increase school attachment through participatory
action research. The program is based on social learning theory
and was designed for use with Puerto Rican, African-American and
Caribbean girls from at-risk neighborhoods.
Participatory Action Research
Curriculum for Empowering Youth
Children as Partners in Planning. By Lina Fajerman, Michael
Jarrett, and Sutton Faye. This is a training manual aimed at
childcare workers and professionals associated with Early Years
Development and Childcare Partnerships. This
publication is based on the series
of training workshops that were piloted with Early Years
Development and Childcare Partnerships. The sections in this
publication include: an explanation of what consulting children
involves; a choice of three training program with resources and
handouts; case studies from a range of settings; activities to
use with children; and information on the United Nations
Convention on the Rights of the Child.