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Youth Participatory Action Research (YPAR) Curriculum

About the YPAR Curriculum

YPAR coverYouth Participatory Action Research (YPAR) is one way organizations serving youth (such as schools, local public health departments, community-based organizations) can authentically engage youth in policies and programs that impact their lives.

The YPAR Curriculum was developed in partnership with the Institute for Community Research (ICR) as a tool to support youth-adult partnerships and help youth-serving organizations integrate youth voice into their work.

The curriculum:

  • Provides step-by-step instructions and activities for guiding a group of young people through the action research process.
  • Is meant to be adapted to meet the needs of the sponsoring organization or entity, including the needs of the youth participants, timeframe, and specific social or health topic.
  • Is based in research conducted by the ICR, and experiences of the Adolescent Health Program.

Download YPAR Curriculum

Introduction to YPAR Webinar

This webinar provides an overview of Youth Participatory Action Research (YPAR). It covers the history of YPAR, how YPAR differs from “traditional research” and practical considerations for organizations or communities interested in using YPAR as a method for youth engagement and positive youth development.

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Evaluation of YPAR Pilot Project

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School-based health centers and youth-serving organizations across the state were awarded funds to participate in a pilot project to implement a Youth Participatory Action Research (YPAR) project focused on mental health using the YPAR Curriculum. Projects ran from February to June 2015. 

The Final Evaluation Report describes the training and technical assistance provided to sites, as well as successes, challenges, and key learnings for future implementation.

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